Patent Describes How iPhone Could Scan Thieves’ Fingerprints

“The system would use the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to collect the biometric data of a thief trying to use it…”

Apple has updated its anti-theft intellectual property to leverage the biometric technology built into the iPhone.

Patent Describes How iPhone Could Scan Thieves' FingerprintsAs Patently Apple reports, Apple filed a patent application in 2010 for a system that would take photos and record calls of unauthorized iPhone users. Now, in a continuous patent application filed in April, the company has added fingerprint scanning to the arsenal.

That comes by way of Touch ID, which helped to pioneer the mobile biometrics revolution now underway. The system would use the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to collect the biometric data of a thief trying to use it, further detailing a profile of the criminal. And that data could be sent externally, which could of course help police investigating a theft.

It’s an anti-theft system similar to third-party developments such as the Cerberus app on Android. But by working on a system that could be offered as a baked-in security component on a mobile device, Apple appears to be aiming at further enhancing its security pitch when promoting its devices, which should help it to remain competitive in a market increasingly concerned about the issue.

Source: Patently Apple