Apple seeks patent for method to unlock your phone by identifying contacts' faces

Apple seeks patent for method to unlock your phone by identifying contacts' faces
Apple has filed for a patent application for a unique way to unlock a phone by identifying pictures of people on your contact list. One or more pictures would be displayed and you would use your voice to identify them. There are different variations listed including one where the picture is shown and a number of different names are listed underneath. You would have to select the right name to gain entry to your device. The device owner would be able to select the number of pictures that would need to be identified to open the lock.

The company is also investigating the use of other methods of identification for unlocking a device. One such method said to be looked at is the use of a fingerprint scanner. Apple also took a look at something similar to Android's Face Unlock which uses the front facing camera on a phone to recognize the owner's face and unlock the unit. However, the method had a major flaw which was that a picture of the owner put in front of the front-facing camera could fool the lock into believing that the owner was trying to unlock the phone and could allow an unauthorized person to have access to the device. That led to an additional step to prove that it really was the owner and not an image that was in front of the camera. Asking the owner to blink in front of the camera is one way to prove that a picture isn't being used. But a change in appearance, like the addition of a beard, can prevent the phone from unlocking.

Apple has filed a patent for its own version of Face Unlock which uses the mouth, the tip of a nose and eyes, and the distances between your facial features to determine if you are the owner of the phone.

source: PatentlyApple via MacRumors



1. nikenturd unregistered

Bribe away Apple......USPTO would be more than happy to grant your wish

9. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Boring..... Next story please..........

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

i sure you could hang out in cnn instead. Why come to PhoneArena a smart phone news site.

23. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

lol, so true.... :)

30. Razorback556

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

This beats all that cnn liberal garbage anyday

2. nikenturd unregistered

Apple can always borrow Droid features Without any problems....huh

7. lance.armstrong

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

well i'm sure if android wants any of apples innovations they just have to pay for the licence. Just don't steal like samsung and we can all live happy. :)

10. nikenturd unregistered

license to use the Ornamental White/black color? you are delusional

34. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I can read a lto about how innovative you are just by looking at your name..

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

WTF is this iPatent week? enough already. Apple better not SUE Android again for FACE UNLOCKED

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

They can try and then get it invalidated. The patent is only good for bullying smaller businesses, the ones that can't afford expensive lawsuit.

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

they have beated Samsung already...

25. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

you know ios is a stolen product of android right why do you think it had no features when it came out cause apple rushed the stolen product out to make it look like apple was first

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude what is it with u, and this repeated comment? Put up a source link so we can read what you're talking about please.

29. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Do you thin BMW and all.others car makers care that they didn't invent the automobile.... Please grow up

33. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012


32. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012


35. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

arguing with you is pointless.

37. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If you want to fool yourself by calling it a win, sure. "pinch to zoom", invalidated. "The Rubber Banding ", invalidated. "Multi-Touch Patent", invalidated. Plus, everyone knows apple business secret that they have protected over the years make known through this law suit. Samsung is hell bend in appealing so Apple better brace for more damage along the way. Make me want to buy MORE samsung products, it gives me a warm fizzy feeling.

4. Tele7

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

I saw this idea before at Facebook when you forgot your password, it is nothing else than putting this into a phone

26. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

i have seen this facebook too...when ur account is locked, it shows the photos of ur friends and ask u to type the name...

5. Equilibrium

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

This article reminds of one i read not too long ago:p​nlocking-iOS-devices_id39666

6. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

This patent could be renamed "Unlock a cellular device using Facebook's method of account access by face identification."

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

US Patent Troll's Office == USPTO ... Now Apple is into large scale theft of concepts from FB.

11. hypermagz

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

So, all i need to present is a drawing at USPTO to have it patented and i can sue anyone with the same idea... hmm have anyone patented the ability for your phone to pull up contact numbers from your sim card or phone or any other account(FB,Google, etc.) if not I would like to patent that then i can sue all phone,simcard,carrier, etc. and get rich! xD

12. Phullofphil

Posts: 1830; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

the crappy part about Patton's are that they making so damn expensive to get that only rich companies can afford them especially when you have to get 50 or 60 or 100 or mor Patons to actually Patton a good ideabecause there is so many variations of it but can happenI think that they should change it so that there some sort of scaling wage deal that makes it so somebody that has no money or very little money has a way that they can afford to put a patent not without getting a loan or putting up their house as a collateral

13. Phullofphil

Posts: 1830; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

sorry about my spelling but this site is really hard to edit stuff in type when I am using my phone for some reason it never shows were I'm typing very easily and makes it so I have to type everything out and then post it then look at it and try to edit it afterwards

15. Abbath

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

While other manufacturers are busy experimenting with actual evolutionary ideas, and thinking on the grounds of creating something "new", "never seen before", "fresh" and "exciting"...Apple doing what it does best! Seeking out pre-existing sometimes dated innovations and ideas, and trying to call them it its own!

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Here's were I see a problem. You and your friend, sibling, or SO are fighting. They get your phone while you're in the shower. A contact comes up asking for a name, a contact they know as well, which they speak or type, and they're in. The only people this keeps out is complete strangers. Many times the ones you need to keep out of your phone are the people you know.

18. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

nah! nah!. People want real innovation, not this kind of patent yet apple still call this an innovation. I have to admit that i love apple products but i never bought any of those product because i hate their management and the way they put prices on their phones and tablet.

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