Apple files biometric patent report, shows jailbroken iPhone

Apple is rather well known for filing a lot of patents, most of which have yet to go anywhere. However, this one seems rather interesting. AppleInsider is reporting a new filing that shows a biometric scanner that would allow users to use their iPhone or iPod touch much more securely, without it being a hindrance.

Not only could this technology be built into Apple's iPhone or iPod touch, but it could also be used to further secure a customer's MacBook, or other device of the like. It would recognize a vein pattern in the users finger or hand, and unlock by the display being touched. Additionally, a frontwards facing camera could be used to detect retinal patterns. Here's the image included in the patent report, for your viewing pleasure:


It is also possible, according to the patent, to allow voice recognition on the iPhone, and have a certain sequences of touches to unlock the device also. It's even suggested that genetic identification could be a possibility. This is all well and good, but here's something that isn't:


Image courtesy of Engadget.

As you can see, those who filed the patent appear to use jailbroken devices. It's probably safe to assume that this will be fixed up rather soon, but it's still interesting to see this image slip through into a patent application.

It'll be interesting to see if any of these technologies make it into any future versions of Apple's iPhone or iPod touch, but only time will tell.

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.Kompressor said,
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lol i though it was just me... its so headache to em upside down...

I would have thought this would be more secure, but how close do you have to hold it to your eye? I imagine it could look pretty strange using the scanner.

Those who are ambidextrous (do you always use the same finger / hand to unlock? I don't on my G1) now have to remember which finger they used to set up the lock... Seems a bit like a (potential as it is a patent) solution to a non-existent problem that will cause more hassle than it prevents.

Is it really that hard to remember, people manage to remember passwords and pincodes from doing a repetitive task, therefore don't see how this is any different (Easier since its only two options). I think its a good idea since fingerprint readers look ugly, hiding it under the screen/trackpad solves the asthetic problem that comes with security.

Why has the article got such a low rating? People don't actually understand what the patent is describing?

I Apple
I've always been looking forward to such security measures on everyday tools. It would feel like something out of Mission Impossible everytime I use my iPod Touch.

seriously tho, that is such a terrible background to use for the illustration iphone... what happened to the diagrammatic iphone illustrations where everything that is shown had something specific to do with the patent??

Daniel 12:4
But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run back and forth, and knowledge shall be increased."

Maybe I'm stupid but WTH has that got to do with new technology.

TonyLock said,
So that means people at Apple HQ also use JB iPhones.

Can you blame them? JB iPhones open up the possiblities something awesome compared to normal iPhones.

Anarkii said,
Can you blame them? JB iPhones open up the possiblities something awesome compared to normal iPhones. :)

Yea but Apple has determined that JB phones are illegal so some of their own employees are breaking the law here.

shinji257 said,
Yea but Apple has determined that JB phones are illegal so some of their own employees are breaking the law here. :p

Unless they were given express permission by the copyright proprietor to modify their firmware... OH WAIT, they WORK for the copyright proprietor. So they're probably not breaking the law...

i think they are trying to patent the biometric reader being actually in the screen of the iphone...? no?
i dunno, looks to be fake with the JB, ha.

when apple releases this product say you bought one at launch date then had it for about 14 days(heh) and say you were in a severe crash and lost yourt right :index finger thumb and middle finger and cant login to your mac and just what are you supposed to do..


on the other hand(pun intended) you can send all your mac crap to me ill pay postage

So uhm they're patenting the ability to recognize your fingers' vein patters? Seems a bit general. I suppose now they are going to precede to sue all the companies that are putting this technology to a useful purpose, like in a car?

OMG it isn't new!?!!? I thought it was!!!!

Apple should definately NOT integrate it in the iPhone, because it already exists on laptops, and they don't innovate!!!

*sarcasm*

PsykX said,
OMG it isn't new!?!!? I thought it was!!!!

Apple should definately NOT integrate it in the iPhone, because it already exists on laptops, and they don't innovate!!!

*sarcasm*


We aren't saying that Apple shouldn't include biometric scanning. It's just that all too often, Apple creates the image that they are the Innovaters and everything they have is original and innovative. I mean by filing a patent for it, it's basically saying "we thought of this idea first and nobody else can use it because we are the innovaters".

*realizes he overused innovative*

The innovation is so amazing!
How can they file a patent for biometric scanning when a lot of laptops these days already have them?

They are filing for a diffrent way to do biometric scanning like hiding the scanner behind the screen on the iPhone or itouch so all you have to do is touch the device for it to verify the user. For a laptops they are thinking of using the trackpad or palmrest with a hidden scanner or use built in webcam to recognize a user's face.

andrewbares said,
Yep, the Asus M536, runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and it has

â€Â¢Biometric reader

How can Apple patent existing technology???


Consider reading the post above yours or the actual patent?

They aren't patenting existing tech. They are patenting a entirely different way to do it. It's quite amazing once you read it. I really hope we can see something like this sooner than later. Sounds too good to be true, but most things are when they are first presented.

How can they file a patent for biometric scanning when a lot of laptops these days already have them?

How can Apple patent existing technology???

Part by approaching the idea in a different way, and part by narrowing it down for their business and hardware.

Yea, it is very funny, are Apple trying to patent the jailbreak version? pretty funny (and hard to believe) that is somehow managed to by pass legal screening.

I don't think they're patenting anything with JB in it, although it is funny that it made it out of Apple in that state. If it was a screenshot I could understand, but someone took the time to draw the JB apps in the patent illustration.

Haven't we already had biometrics on laptops for a while now? My Compaq has a fingerprint reader. By making it a vein instead of fingerprint is the big difference?

Not only laptops, but phones too! In fact, right this very instant I am holding in my hand a Windows Mobile 6.1 based PocketPC with a fingerprint scanner. The Acer Tempo M900, due out on the market within the next couple of months