Apple has filed a patent for an anti-theft feature which could make stolen i-Products paper weights. The patent essentially describes technology which would only allow an iPod or portable Mac to draw power from a nominated power adapter or device, reports New Scientist. The technology would allow enabled devices to detect when they're being synced or connected to an unauthorized recharging mechanism. When the device recognizes an unauthorized charging device it will refuse to recharge.
The theory is that should a thief make off with one of these devices they will find themselves unable to keep them charged-up for use. This move would also negatively affect the black market resale value of such stolen goods. "This should result in a significant reduction of crime against the lawful owners of such devices," Apple says in its patent filing.
News source: MacWorld.co.uk