Upcoming iPhones might be capable of capturing thieves’ fingerprint. Apple has done a good job in introducing other similar tools in the past. Apps such as Find My iPhone or the ability to wipe the device remotely if stolen are some of the tools that users can currently take advantage of.
Apple is continuously trying to come up with new anti-theft solutions. The most recent one involves capturing the thief’s fingerprint and photo without them knowing it, of course. Details about the system have been shared on Patently Apple. The patent, named “Biometric Capture for Unauthorized User Identification”, describes how the security tool can capture the thieves’ biometric data and then record a video or snap a picture of them.
This is a whole new security solution that may inspire other smartphone manufacturers if proven to work efficiently. It all lies in gather information of the unauthorized user using the device.
“A computing device may determine to capture biometric information in response to the occurrence of one or more trigger conditions. The trigger condition may be receipt of one or more instructions from one or more other computing devices, detection of potential unauthorized use by the computing device, normal operation of the computing device, and so on. The computing device may obtain biometric information and may store such biometric information,” reads the patent.
The information obtained by the system can be one or multiple fingerprints, images and video of the thief, an audio of the environment of the device, forensic interface use data, and more. Knowing that upcoming iPhones might be capable of capturing thieves’ fingerprint might just be the thing that will keep them from stealing other people’s phones.
However, Apple has a long history of filing hundreds of patents that sadly did not result in end products. It’s too early to tell if the new security solution will end up being developed for future iPhone devices. But it does seem like a realistic solution to the problem.
The patent was filed April 2016 by Apple Inc. The inventors of the new anti-theft system are experts Byron Han, Craig Marciniak, and John Wright. More information about the “Biometric Capture for Unauthorized User Identification” can be found here.
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