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Being the leading portable devices company in the world, Apple is constantly advancing new security features so that consumers and business executives could be assured that their sensitive data is locked down. Apple's iOS based devices currently come with a certain degree of security with features like "Find My iPhone," high end encryption and remote wipe. Apple is also working on advanced biometrics such as using heart sensors to detect an unauthorized user. Way back in 2010 Patently Apple covered a patent application showing that other new security features were on the way including taking a photo of the thief recording the thief's voice if they make a call. Since then Apple has added Touch ID to the iPhone and so they've now updated their security intellectual property to include this feature to assist authorities in catching an iPhone thief. 


Apple's continuous patent application titled "Biometric Capture for Unauthorized user Identification" states that it covers "systems and methods for capturing biometric information for identifying unauthorized users.


A computing device may determine to capture biometric information in response to the occurrence of one or more trigger conditions. The trigger condition may be receipt of one or more instructions from one or more other computing devices, detection of potential unauthorized use by the computing device, normal operation of the computing device, and so on. The computing device may obtain biometric information and may store such biometric information. Such biometric information may be one or more fingerprints, one or more images of a current user of the computing device, video of the current user, audio of the environment of the computing device, forensic interface use information, and so on. The computing device may then provide the stored biometric information for identification of one or more unauthorized users.


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Apple's patent FIG. 6 illustrated above is a flow chart illustrating an example method for capturing biometric information for identifying unauthorized users.


Apple's continuation patent application 20160248769 was filed in April 2016. To review it for more details, click here.


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