Apple patent hints at the new way for unlocking iDevices

Apple patent hints at the new way for unlocking iDevices

Apple is apparently working to improve the way iUsers unlock their devices. PIN codes are apparently not safe enough for the Cupertino-based company as it explores (and patents) an innovative way(s) for device unlocking.

The patent application we’ve caught was filed back in August 2011, but has only recently became public. The idea is to use images instead of numbers to unlock a phone, tablet or even computer.

Here’s how Apple envisions this system:

  • Once you press the button, the screen will appear showing you one or multiple images.
  • You should now identify that image either by typing the “correct answer” or saying it to the device’s microphone. If you answered correctly, you’ll be allowed to use the device.

Of course, it won’t be Apple that will define these image, but you. The process envisions detecting images on your phone, tablet or computer and prompting you to associate some words with them. Every time you want to unlock the phone, you can be presented with a new image.

Sounds interesting though I prefer Android’s Face Unlock. It’s not only easier to use, but also more secure. What do you think?

[Via: Unwired View]

  • PeterSteinbeck

    PIN code unlocking sounds way easier… and so does Face Unlock.

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