Apple Puts Anti-Theft Accelerometers On iDevices

 

  • New patent application
  • Uses accelerometers
  • Pre-determined theft movements

Apple has filed a patent for an acceleration-based theft detection system for portable electronic devices, in its bid to figure out movement that tells when a theft condition is present.

 

  • New patent application
  • Uses accelerometers
  • Pre-determined theft movements

Apple has filed a patent for an acceleration-based theft detection system for portable electronic devices, in its bid to figure out movement that tells when a theft condition is present.

According to the patent filing, the device would activate an alarm of some form after determining a theft in progress. This will be based on the accelerometer built into Apple's mobile devices.

The theft detection system would provide users with customizable alarm options, allowing them to select specific audio or visual warnings, a custom message for the display, the volume of audio alerts and more.

Users could also tweak sensitivity, if they find they’re triggering it accidentally as described above. Once the alarm is triggered, a timer determines how long someone has to disable it before the phone is locked altogether.

Accelerometers are the same thing that figures out which way you're holding your phone.

This feature will work hand-in-hand with the accelerometers and software to determine if the movement matches a pre-determined "profile characteristic of theft”.

Combined with Apple’s previous patent application for detecting when a device is being used by a party who isn’t the owner, this could make iOS handsets and tablets much less attractive targets to potential thieves.

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