A patent application shows that Apple is considering adding a security mechanism to the iPhone that would cause it to automatically phone a security agency after being stolen. Upon detecting a force exceeding a predetermined threshold, the device would enter a prevention mode, causing it to send a security transmission in the form of a telephone call or email containing it's GPS coordinates.
The U.S. Trademark and Patent Office published an application from Apple recently on the use of alternate methods for authenticating the user of an iPhone using stealthy techniques like recognition of fingerprints or even facial features. The document, titled "Embedded Authentication Systems in an Electronic Device", also includes an unexpected representation of a jailbroken iPhone that has caused some controversy.
Back when the application for Apple's patent number 7,479,949, (a.k.a. "The iPhone Patent" which covers the bulk of Apple's intellectual property relating to the iPhone) was first published by the U.S. Patent Office, a few features were found not yet present in the iPhone, most notably video recording and video conferencing. Information Week's Alexander Wolfe has taken a second look and dug up a few more details about the possibility.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has announced that as of January 20, 2009, Apple officially has a patent on the iPhone as a touch screen device, it's user interface and the software that powers it. The title is 'Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics'.
Apple Applies For Patent On Ambient Noise Sensor For Adjusting Ringtone Volume, Audio Jack Cleaning Device
A new patent has been released by the United States Patent and Trademark Office has released a new patent application filed by Apple showing that they are considering using an ambient sound sensor in the iPhone to automatically adjust its ringer volume.
Apple hosted their quarterly earnings conference call for Q1 of 2009, during which Apple COO (and current stand-in for CEO Steve Jobs) answered a lot of questions people have had about the iPhone and Apple's direction with the current state of the economy and Jobs not currently at the reigns. During the call they touched on topics including the possibility of a lower-cost iPhone, their move to get the iPhone at Walmart, and their stance on protecting their intellectual property rights.
A new patent application from Apple has been published by the US Patent and Trademark Office showing that they are considering linking the functionality between the Maps and Calendar apps on the iPhone. The technology would let users view an address associated with a calendar event in the Maps app.
If you live in a northern or temperate climate like I do, then using your iPhone outside in the winter can be a real pain. Since the iPhone's screen is capacitive, you have to operate it with either your bare fingertips or a cumbersome stylus, something that gets old fast in sub-zero weather. To solve this issue, Apple is working on a patent for some gloves that should make using the iPhone a lot more pleasant in the winter.
The U.S. Patent Office has released another patent application from Apple, Inc. Titled "Swipte Gestures for Touch Screen Keyboards", the appliation outlines several practical suggestions for the use of several swipe gestures in combination with the onscreen keyboard provide quick access to frequently used key functions.
An Apple patent filing has been published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office that details a new notification system for the iPhone and iPod. While devices like the Blackberry have a small red light that turns on to let them know when they've missed a call, iPhone owners have to wake the device and turn on the display to see if a new call has come in. This should solve that problem.