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Apple Patent Details iPhone Biometric Security

Apple Patent Details iPhone Biometric Security

Posted March 27, 2009 at 11:55am by iClarified
An Apple patent filing details a hidden biometric reader inside an iPhone or a Mac to let users lock down their systems with fingerprints or facial recognition, according to an AppleInsider report.

Apple is trying to provide a method of securing device access that does not require an extra step for authentication.

The solution, the company suggests, would be to automatically use a sensor either hidden within the device or else repurposed from its usual role. Devices could recognize a fingerprint or finger vein pattern simply by waiting for the user to touch the display, which would hide the sensors on or behind the screen. A forward-facing camera could alternately look for retinal patterns or even recognize the facial features of owners when they're in the right position for use.

Notebooks could use the trackpad, palmrest and a webcam for a similar purpose. Apple goes so far as to suggest the possibility of recognizing the user's distinctive voice or even collecting DNA samples to recognize a user's genetic sequence. Biometrics could also be context-sensitive and detect the shape of a user's ear before allowing a call to go through, for example.

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k2vu - March 27, 2009 at 12:01pm
FAKE!... Apple would never use a jailbreak app/icon like "Terminal" or "Game"(with Gameboy icon) in any of their documentations; let alone a patent. Althought the idea is cool; getting a bit anxious for the new iphone arrival.
Chris - March 27, 2009 at 1:11pm
Scary as feck, but pretty darn cool at the same time! It'll all be like Minority Report in a couple of years.
attnck - March 27, 2009 at 7:59pm
Fake, and a very poor job at it too.
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