Apple Files an Enterprise Quality Biometric Security System Patent for iPhone

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  1. mikeinternet macrumors 6502a

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  3. mikeinternet thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    you can't swipe without a finger either.

    ..well i guess noses work to. great for wearing gloves.
     
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    There goes being able to use my nose to unlock the phone...
     
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    [​IMG]

    anyone notice one of the images in the patent has a strange unnamed icon that looks like the front of a car? turn-by-turn navigation app?
     
  6. Liam8 macrumors 6502

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    Funny

    it is funny you said you use your nose because I always do that and people make fun of me. :(
     
  7. Eso macrumors 68000

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    You have to swipe your finger across a biometric fingerprint scanner.
     
  8. slapppy macrumors 65816

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    I hope they don't build a sensor for the "Fart" developers to use as a biometric security app. :p
     
  9. takenthesmeg macrumors member

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    LOL. But seriously, I am sure a code would be a backup like on laptops. I would welcome the feature as I am getting tired of typing my code in all the time. If I take it off I can't leave my phone around peoples' houses without someone playing games or reading my personal info without permission.

    Plus..I love that if I loose it it will format itself when someone tries to use it. Then I just restore to me new phone :D
     
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    Dock connector? We saw this icon at the event on March 17th. Right below the D in SDK. However, the cord doesn't fit but it could just be a quick sketch.
     

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    I didn't realize this. I'm surprised that wouldn't give a less detailed reading.
     
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    I thought the dock connector icon shown there was just a symbol of new opportunity for 3rd party accessories. But, that is a good point that it does look a bit similar.
     
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    You've never seen one of these things, have you. My laptop happens to have one, so I've attached a pic for your benefit (poor image quality benefits of the iPhone camera). The thin metallic strip is the reader, so indeed the only way to actually scan your entire fingerprint is to swipe it.

    IMG_0179.jpg
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Presumably they would really need to pair this with the smudge-free screen technologies that have been in the news recently, as you can probably lift a usable fingerprint off my iPhone's glass a good 50-70% of the time. ;)
     
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    That I have not seen. I was thinking there was some way of building this into a screen. But I guess that is way off.
     
  16. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Quite a few smartphones have or, have had, fingerprint scanners. They were also popular on some models of PDAs a few years back.

    One even had the scanner double as a navigation pad.

    One of Apple's "new" ideas is to have a hidden sensor etched into the screen, yes.
     
  17. mikeinternet thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so it's possible apple could pull of a simple touch to unlock?
     
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    I'm more interested in the idea of using a front-facing camera (mentioned in the patent) to get retina and eye images for unlocking the phone. This could later apply to laptops and tablets Apple might produce... Pretty futuristic patent... me like!
     
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    are you serious? Its the app store app dude
     
  20. mikeinternet thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I thought it could be for a moment. But that is such a terrible drawing of it. Also why isn't it named?
     

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