Apple testing gesture-based lock screen for iOS devices

If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, Google should take Apple's reported attempts at a gesture-based lock screen as a compliment.

An internal source at Apple has provided 9to5mac with screenshots that apparently show a new, gesture-based lock screen for iOS devices similar to that found on many Android phones. The lock screen is apparently part of an application called ''Apple Connect''. What exactly the application does isn't detailed by the source, though the new lock screen will apparently be making its way into more internal Apple tools.

Those tools will reportedly include Apple's portable Point of Sale systems, which were also being trialed by external companies including Gap's Old Navy subsidiary as of December 2010.

Whether or not iOS users will ever see a gesture-based lock screen also remains to be seen. It is worth noting, however, that those in possession of a jailbroken iOS device had access to some gesture-based goodness all the way back in January 2010, thanks to a free application called AndroidLock. Unfortunately, the application does not appear to have been updated in some time, with users reporting it does not work on iOS 4.2.1.

In other news for owners of jailbroken devices, developer Peter Hajas has released the latest version of his MobileNotifier app which offers a radically different (some have said better) way of presenting notifications. Check out a video of the app in action below.

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I have the android lock working on 4.2.1, the only downfall is that it is super easy to bypass by throwing the ipod/iphone into safemode, which disables the lock.

I don't think they're testing this for the public. The AppleConnect app is used for thier appointment management system in-store and has been fully implemented. It's used mostly for convenience of logging in bit quicker (instead of a password).

ROFL - Apple finally getting around to lock-screen gestures, but you know, #1 mobile device of the year LOLOLOL - man, it's nice to be apple when everything you crap is gold.

I've been using Android with the gesture-based lock screen for a year.
My face is pretty oily and somehow some grease will stay on the screen after a call.
Unlocking the phone actually leaves a visible trace of my unlock gesture on the screen.
Workaround:
1. Wipe out the trace.
2. Use an anti-glare protective screen.
3. Use cleasing tissue before every call.

Haha the next few comments will be like

1)whut? Apple is copying Google? THOSE BASTIDS!
2)Apple is not copying Android, sshutuuup
3)"I'm not trying to start a flame war but..."
4)apple sucks
5)android sucks
6)wp7 sucks
7)blackberry sucks
8)this world sucks
9)I want to dieeee.
10)Patent this, that.
11)cuz I got hiigh.

Ishanx said,
Haha the next few comments will be like

1)whut? Apple is copying Google? THOSE BASTIDS!
2)Apple is not copying Android, sshutuuup
3)"I'm not trying to start a flame war but..."
4)apple sucks
5)android sucks
6)wp7 sucks
7)blackberry sucks
8)this world sucks
9)I want to dieeee.
10)Patent this, that.
11)cuz I got hiigh.

your right, nothing worse than off topic posts....

Ishanx said,
(...)
a lot of stuff Apple copied and was copied from Apple. Some people just don't realize it, especially Apple cultists (was talking to my friend) believe their guru came up with all those ideas by himself and the company invented the World and was brutally copied by others

SHADOW-XIII said,
a lot of stuff Apple copied and was copied from Apple. Some people just don't realize it, especially Apple cultists (was talking to my friend) believe their guru came up with all those ideas by himself and the company invented the World and was brutally copied by others

everyone copies everything. big whoop, all GUI's are essentially copied from Apple which took most of it from Xerox, which in return 'copied' work from NLS
not much 'new' things have been invented in IT for at least 10 years

Shadowzz said,

everyone copies everything. big whoop, all GUI's are essentially copied from Apple which took most of it from Xerox, which in return 'copied' work from NLS
not much 'new' things have been invented in IT for at least 10 years
exactly, but the points is not who invented it but who re-invented it, who made it better. Small progress better than no progress but that's being killed by stupid patenting system in US.

Ishanx said,
Haha the next few comments will be like

1)whut? Apple is copying Google? THOSE BASTIDS!
2)Apple is not copying Android, sshutuuup
3)"I'm not trying to start a flame war but..."
4)apple sucks
5)android sucks
6)wp7 sucks
7)blackberry sucks
8)this world sucks
9)I want to dieeee.
10)Patent this, that.
11)cuz I got hiigh.

+1 to you sir

And at least you can't bypass THIS by typing '###' hehe

Looks identical to my Samsung Galaxy S lock....

Good luck trying to catch up to Android by being non inventive

I started using the gesture lock screen when I got my phone. Then a friend pointed out it's insecurity, and I switched back to a password lock. But if you're just using it as a keypad lock then it's something of a novelty.

Intrinsica said,
Then a friend pointed out it's insecurity, and I switched back to a password lock.
How do you mean? Because of marks left on the screen? (Which depends on how clean you keep your screen)