Last week news did the rounds that Apple had filed a patent for a way of detecting and disabling iPhones that were modified, such as jailbreaking. The law, however, now dictates that jailbreaking and even the unlocking of phones is legal.
What really caught our eye in the Apple patent filing was how a device may be able to identify and verify the user. One obvious method is through a voice signature.
Another is through photo.
Photo and voice signatures sound simple enough, but more startling is the idea of using heart beat signatures.
In addition to the GPS functions of the phone, the patent mentions an additional way to track a moving device by identifying the mode of transport.
Apple's entire patent filing is about the systems and methods for identifying unauthorized users for a device, and then a way to generate a message to alert the proper authority. Sure, it may be a bit big brother-like, but corporations as well as law enforcement would love such a technology.