The purpose of the patent, published online last week, is to “identify unauthorized users of an electronic device” and either notify the genuine owner or stop the device from working.
The patent mentions that jailbreaking as a way of recognizing an unauthorized user, meaning the company could restrict access to an iPhone if this act was carried out.
“In some embodiments, an unauthorized user can be detected by noting particular activities that can indicate suspicious behavior,” read the patent.
“Activities such as entering an incorrect password a predetermined number of times in a row, hacking of the electronic device, jailbreaking of the electronic device, removing a SIM card from the electronic device, or moving a predetermined distance away from a synced device can be used to detect an unauthorized user.”
We recently also heard that Apple is working on a technology where the iDevice could recognize the heartbeat of the current user and compare it with the one stored and recognize the actual owner. Looks like Apple is really working on a lot of security issues these days, but will it help the users or no is the question to be asked? Please let us know what you feel about this.