Apple patent suggests Face Unlock coming to Apple iPhone and Apple iPad

Apple patent suggests Face Unlock coming to Apple iPhone and Apple iPad
According to patent documentation released by the USPTO this week, Apple is working on a system that would allow the front-facing camera on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad to scan your face to unlock a device. Similar to Google's Face Unlock on Android 4.0, if the face cannot unlock the model, a code would be punched in to release the device. The patent was filed in September 2010 and was credited to John E. Arthur.

Apple apparently has more ambitious plans for this technology. A device can be modified to operate certain features just by having the user look into the front facing camera lens and having his faced recognized. The patent application reads, "If the detected human face is recognized… an operation of the (device) can be modified based upon the recognized human face. The modification can include executing a pre-defined set of operations such as opening email, opening text messages, and so forth."

This is not the first time that a Face Unlock type of technology has been linked to Apple. Back in 2010, before the introduction of the OG Apple iPad, the Wall Street Journal noted that an early prototype of the tablet used a front facing camera to recognize users' faces to make it a device that the whole family could use. Of course, that feature never made it out of the lab.

The latest patent application revealed this week included some new features including one that would adjust the orientation of a screen to the users face. Another feature would allow a device to lock if a human face hadn't been seen over a certain period of time.

The patent unveiled this week by the USPTO is different than one that we told you about last December. That filing concerned itself with Apple iPhones and Apple iPads that could automatically customize applications, settings and features to the personal preferences of the user once the device was picked up and the user's face scanned

source: AppleInsider

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72 Comments

58. Daniel2324

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

taco50 posted on 2 hours ago 2 1 You're not tech savvy if you think that. Android was planning on having a track pad and qwerty keyboard until e iPhone came out. Android took their entire OS and concept from Apple. The touch gestures, form factor, app store, webkit browser. You should be thanking Apple for the android phone you love so much. @ taco thank :LG for the iphone that you love so much. oh btw thanks samsung aswell since most of the iphone parts came from samsung. :)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_Prada

60. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

daniel you are dumb ok the Prada argument is old.. ok has been discussed plenty of times... Apples pays for parts ok.. nothing is given to Apple is a win for Apple and Samsung as they now make cellphones worhty of a second look unlike old samsung models that didnt offer anything new to the table...

66. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Did the prada have pinch to zoom and swipe gestures and kinetic scrolling and a webkit browser. Nope :). Say thanks Apple for my great phone I can enjoy because of you.

68. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

the Prada didnt sell back then and the new Prada well didnt sell either

72. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

lol, you iFans are a sad sad bunch. All your arguments proven wrong time and time again, and when you lose eventually, you pull that, "If it weren't for Apple, you wouldn't have Android". Face forward loser, dwelling on past successes gets you nowhere.

55. KickRocks

Posts: 285; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

As long as there are people like taco50 around, apple will live long and prosper.......It is clear what his favorite refreshment is, Apple juice!! Drink on man, drink on

18. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

I thought the face unlock was exclusive to ICS? I hope Google acquired a patent for it. What Apple plans to do is get this patent, then go after Google on ICS.

25. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Apple patent is for a different way to implement it so Google hasn't and cannot patent the way Apple does it. You can't patent the concept of face unlock. You can patent a specific way to implement it. Just like Apple couldn't patent a touchscreen, but could patent he unique and revolutionary way you interacted with an iPhone.

27. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

"The unique and revolutionary way you interacted with an iPhone." Again, thanks for the laugh Mr.ApplePR

30. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Be honest with yourself and you'll see I'm right. Before the iPhone you used a track or stylus along with qwerty keyboards. Just the touch scrolling and pinch to zoom totally changed web browsing on a mobile phone. Before that it sucked. I remember as I had windows phones and blackberries.

34. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I'm not denying that Apple was the first to make a phone with a touchscreen that was actually a pleasant experience to use. I was just laughing at your word choice. It's almost like you've been watching too many Apple ads... "unique and revolutionary" just cracked me up. That's all.

65. Lavi23

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

"You can't patent the concept of face unlock." ... but you can patent the square! (if you're Apple)

17. KickRocks

Posts: 285; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Its really sad that google or other companies who support android and truly innovate with ideas such as facelock which has been out for a while now DO NOT PATENT THESE IDEAS. The reason why apple is successful is because they take/steal an idea, tweak it or change it slightly, patent it, call it innovation and then sue other companies for using the technology that they INVENTED just never PATENTED. Apple is no innovator however they are very smart. They should have been sued for using "Innovative" features in OS 5.0 (Notification bar) but yet that idea was never patented by google, at least to my knowledge.

20. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Hey. That sounds kinda like siri.

22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Google has filed a patent for notifications. You're very naive if you think only Apple patents technology.

16. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

How the hell is this supposed to work on iDevices, don't all Shē€₱™ L°•°k the sAme??

15. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

What the hell... Now instead of all us cool Android users using face unlock we have to see all the snobby rich iPhone kids doing it too? I thought this was supposed to be unique to Android, i'm not using it anymore. /sarcasm off

14. urth_key

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

"Another feature would allow a device to lock if a human face hadn't been seen over a certain period of time." I think this feature is on a Samsung phone. http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-i9300-m-to-come-with-eye-tracking-and-auto-dial/ (Read 2nd line of the 2nd paragraph.)

13. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

An inNOvation indeed

11. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Google rushed the s**t out, while Apple is already preparing it. Quit whinning fandroids. You can even use a picture to unlock nexus, that's quantity not quality.

12. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

In case you're late on news, just like Apple, Face Unlock with Samsung now requires you to blink, and I'm sure Google will adopt it soon enough too. So pictures won't work, and if you're dumb enough to give a video of you blinking to the camera, you should probably switch to iOS.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

He's right google rushed something that doesn't work well.

35. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Face unlock was never made to be super secure like password or pin lock. Even on ICS when you choose the type of lock it says it's the least secure out of the 4. It was initially meant as a quick way of unlocking your phone as well as prevent unwanted access from strangers( eg. snatch thieves) who most likely won't have a picture of you. Samsung then made it more secure such that a regular picture just won't work anymore, but still rather quick as long as you blink fast. Judging from the way Apple does it, it will probably take the iDumb about 5mins to scan your face and calculate the distance between your eyes and nose or some crap like that. Not to mention the lighting problems

38. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Yea you're right. Apple is known for taking ideas and implementing them worse /sarcasm.

49. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

For one they did screw up the stolen notification bar. They can't even steal it right lol

52. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

How did they screw it up exactly?

64. Lavi23

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

You again... Did you use this feature too? Hmm, an iPhone fanboy using an Android phone....

63. Lavi23

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Poor boy. You're so sad... :( You want to use this feature but you aren't able. Poor little iPhone fanboy do NOT cry! This will eventualy come to your phone too and you'll be able then to unlock your phone too with your face. Just wait a little longer.

10. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

and it will be something revolutionary because apple did it.

9. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yay, I guess we can expect to see widgets and a real task manager in the next iOS update, or should I say ICS repackaged?

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