New Mobile Unlocking Patent for Apple Could Change Security

April 18th, 2014  |  By Allison Saffiotti

Apple has a new patent that could change the security of iPhone and iPad for users. According to AppleInsider, the company recently acquired a new patent, a gesture unlocking system. This system is more complex and sophisticated than what already exists on Android today.

 

This patent allows users to set elements of security that we have yet to see before. Now Apple users could have the ability to change the size and position of dots making it harder to hit and unlock a device. They can also rearrange the position to make patterns more difficult to further prevent hackers. Invisible dots are also available to further deceive any unwanted hacks.

 

Other variables are taken into account when unlocking a device as well including the speed of entry and overall timing making it so that there is only one way to unlock an iPhone or iPad. The system is also supported by multi-finger input, and a system to rank patterns based on complexity and security.


 

Although this specific patent will not be coming to iPhone or iPad anytime soon as it is too similar to current Android systems, it does show how the platform is headed into a period where the focus is on security and privacy for users. As we have seen from other trends it seems the platform is headed in a direction where mobile and app development is strongly focused on user privacy.

 

This new patent can lead to an improved overall security system of everything iOS related from new iPhone apps to how the platform runs within the coming years.


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