Apple patents new method for unlocking iOS devices

Apple patents new method for unlocking iOS devices
If the good old PIN codes or passwords don't feel good enough anymore, then probably a new method for unlocking an iOS device by Apple will soon allow you to use more creative ways to secure your handset or tablet.

Of course, there's absolutely no guarantee that Apple will implement this method in the future versions of iOS, but a patent application has recently surfaced describing how the technique could work in detail. Instead of having to enter a PIN code or a password, the user will be required to identify an object or objects in an image that's displayed on the screen. By the looks of it, in order to set this unlock method up, the device will have to scan its own storage space for images, and will then prompt you to add some key words describing these images. Each time you attempt to unlock your device, there may be a different image displayed. You'll be able to unlock device by either typing or saying the needed word.

Do you like this new unlocking method and would you use it should Apple decide to add it to iOS?

Here's the abstract from the patent application:

source: USPTO via: UnwiredView



1. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Looks like the verification used by Facebook in case you forget your password.

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Naaah i was expecting something better from Apple where SIRI will unlock it because user will just have to SPEAK ... someone suggest this to Apple so that they make a drawing and head to US Patent Troll's Office (USPTO) :)

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Defending the patents you own isn't trolling. Unless you're abusing FRAND patents like a few articles mentioned with Motorola then I could agree.

21. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I never criticized Apple did I ? ... I blame the U S Patent Troll's Office ... USPTO ... you know what, US takes India to WTO because India has a policy on Solar Panels that favors local brands so that goes against US made Solar Panels ... but US doesn't want to be taken to WTO on im posing 286% import duty on steel from India ... So i blamed the US Patent Troll's Office not Apple .. :)

24. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

nyways patent is really nice...but they should try something simple as its thier core policy to make things simpler n better

27. Izoe

Posts: 150; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

i agree, this seems a bit tedious

9. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

After this, Facebook will sue Apple lol.....

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Facebook is integrated into iOS.

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

So what? Facebook is also integrated on windows phone and android.... Integration =/= ownership I thought you where smarter than this

22. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Once FB comes out with their own phone Apple will go crying all over the place and remove FB integration also like they did with GOOG :D

26. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Ugly is integrated into YOUR FACE! HA!

2. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012


4. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Doesnt sound like a cool idea, i prefer tge slide to unlock and enter my PIN, i wil pass thanx! Useless feature, we need ground breaking features, not this

8. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

no, the gesture code is the best.....faster as slide to unlock stolen patent by Apple and 100000x more secure :) dont forget, this method has only mature systems like Android: goo [dot] gl/ja3gm and the gesture is not necessary visible so no one could see the unlock gesture

5. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

oh no! another patent

6. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Really ? This one sounds like a patent for Sagem or Alcatel... WEAK !!

7. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Facebook might get sued by apple... oh, not, Facebook didn't do it for login purpose, but the method... imho, it is not simple, frustated and complicated, prefer unlocking with finger print scanner by the home button. oh, wait, just that is my idea!

10. techaman unregistered

So basically it's Microsoft way of unlocking but apple will say they invented it windows 8 has option to use a pic that you circle key things on and that's what it will be next they will invent a way to unlock with your face or voice lol

11. ilia1986 unregistered

Sounds stupid and probably is.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not impressed at all... I really don't see many people using this feature.

13. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Be surprised if they get this. PNC uses this method

14. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Full of iCrap !!! i would be very annoyed describing photos all day ....

17. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Patenting any ideas without a real working form is ridiculous. But the more stupid and ridiculous thing is, USPTO granting the patent.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

This method, along with a password is what my bank uses.

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

seriously apple need too STOP BEING A PATENT TROLL now and days.

25. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Another day, another iPatent. Cut the sh*t and build a real phone would you? Or don't, I am curious to see just how low their stock can dip LMAO!

28. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Windows 8 already had this kind of feature

29. reindeer_nation

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FO DAT lol. NObody's gonna use this.

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