Stolen iPhone Could Soon Contact Police By Itself

Stolen iPhone Could Soon Contact Police By Itself

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A recently published patent filing by Apple details loss prevention software that would notify the police if an iPhone is stolen, reports AppleInsider.

The 12-page filing notes that an electronic device can be configured to enter a prevention mode in response to detecting a force that exceeds a predetermined threshold, thereby providing security.

Upon entering a prevention mode, Apple says the device may transmit a security transmission, in the form of a telephone call or an e-mail. This security transmission, when received by a security entity, could lead to the security entity dispatching an officer to the device's location, or to the security entity placing a telephone call to the device's owner, thereby providing additional security.

"To provide greater security, an electronic device in a security mode can be configured to enter a 'lock-down' mode when the device is exposed to vibration or acceleration above a predetermined lock-down threshold, thereby preventing unauthorized use of the device," the company adds. "The vibration/acceleration lock-down threshold for a lock-down mode may be set to be the same as a security threshold for sending a security transmission or may be set to a different level of vibration/acceleration."

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kev - April 3, 2009 at 6:08am
Already have something that will help me track my phone if it gets stolen - It runs in the background so nobody knows the application is running or on the phone, if the sim is changed it will notify me of the new sim number, I can also recover any sms messages that are sent, even with the new sim, If I want I can remotely back up my phone, remotely wipe it and remotely lock it, I can track it with GPS and 3G, it will automatically turn on GPS if it has been disabled by the thief
t11chb - April 2, 2009 at 12:27pm
This is a good thing. Forget big brother and all that shit & imagine someone has stolen your phone. You may have a chance of getting it back, well if the implement the GPS feature into it.
Mr. Q
Mr. Q - April 2, 2009 at 1:04pm
Easy work around for the thief: Turn it off right away, put it in DFU mode and restore!
t11chb - April 2, 2009 at 1:09pm
Yeah, but say your a regular thief who doesn't know how to put it into DFU mode. But if they thought about it the security mode when locked down shouldn't let you restore.