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Apple is working on new features to introduce to its iPhones and iPads, so that it can enhance device capabilities. Apparently, one of the upcoming features will record videos, snap pictures and collect fingerprints of smartphone thieves.

Apple filed a patent application for a method of storing biometric information of an unauthorized user, so that smartphone security would be enhanced. The patent surfaced over at Patently Apple and it will apparently make it very easy for authorities to identify thieves. iPhones will be able to capture pictures and record videos of thieves, as well as collect their fingerprints.

The patent states that the feature could be triggered by repeated failed attempts to unlock the device or if the phone owner enables protections using Find My iPhone feature from another device. The patent also mentions that smartphones will be able to capture more than one fingerprint, photo or video of the thief, as well as audio files, forensic interface use information and more.

Apple also offers Activation Lock and Find My iPhone security features
This new feature would join all other tools that Apple has for helping users find their phones. The Find My iPhone feature helps users mark their devices as lost and their locations tracked, so that they could have a strong chance at recovering them.

Aside from this, Apple also offers Activation Lock feature that doesn't allow anyone to reset smartphones without the approval of the owner using their Apple ID and password. Apple also offers its users the option to remotely wipe phones in case of loss or theft or to secure information using high end encryption.

One must take into consideration that smartphone manufacturers often patent various projects and ideas, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they will be implemented into future products. However, considering that this is a security feature, Apple would have all the more reasons to actually incorporate this tool into its devices.


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