Apple to patent method for iPhone to call for Help when stolen

Apple to patent method for iPhone to call for Help when stolen
Your iPhone has been stolen. What do you do? Well, if you're lucky like one victim, the thief could send you a picture of himself, taken with your stolen device. But how often can you count on that happening? Realizing this, Apple engineers went to work and the Mensa members at Cupertino are looking to patent a method that would allow the iPhone to detect force over a pre-determined amount. That would activate a prevention mode and the phone would call or send an e-mail to the proper authorities with its location embedded in the message. At the same time, a lock-down feature could be set off that would prevent the handset from making outgoing calls and prevent sensitive and private data from getting into the wrong hands. In a 12 page filling, Apple noted that the iPhone user would be able to adjust the sensitivity of the settings that would set off the security signal and the lock down feature. It could be based on idle time, vibration or acceleration measured above a specific setting. Next up will be a device that measures acidity in your stomach and orders a pizza automatically. Extra cheese, of course.

source: AppleInsider

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8 Comments

1. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, wierd.

2. The Godfather unregistered

nice , way to share a great concept with the rest of the world.....such a great company apple is. BB Storm FTW

7. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Razr with an actual Razor FTW

8. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Blackberry Storm with an actual Razor FTW!!

3. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

is it me, or does it seem that this would go off randomly? i see it being set off by the actual user more times than this would actually work... but hey, i could be wrong...

6. LessthanZach

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 29, 2008

I agree. I think it should be a two sided app. One side is a program that runs in the back ground and is constantly connected. The second side is installed on your windows machine or macintosh. If you come to find your phone is stolen or lost, activate the program and it allows you to see where your phone is via the built in gps that is awakened by the internet connection on the phone triggered by the computer program. If it is discovered that the phone is stolen and not just lost, the program provides the ability to send up to date gps coordinates the local authorities so that the violater can be apprehended and ultimately your phone returned. This method makes it so that only the user can initiate action. My 2 pennies.

4. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'm pretty sure Apple knows what it's doing. I can't wait for this because Im always pretty freaked out about getting my phone stolen.

5. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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