Apple applied for a patent to stop "Vietnam"

Apple has applied for a patent to try to prevent iPhone and iPod users from "jailbreak."

The patent for this new application is called "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device" and covers a series of security measures that can automatically protect against thieves or other devices. Used by "unauthorized persons". The term "unauthorized user" as used here seems to apply to those who are engaged in the "breaking of jailbreak", that is, cracking the device and allowing it to execute applications that are not approved by the operating system manufacturer (Apple, iPhone, iPod).

Apple applied for this patent in 2009 and announced it on the 19th (last Thursday). This patent describes a series of measures to identify “certain activities that show suspicious behavior” in order to adopt “safety measures” to limit the functionality of the device. These activities include "hacking, jailbreaking, unlocking, or pulling out a SIM card." Apple also intends to warn device owners via e-mail or SMS when these activities are detected.

This patent application also describes a variety of measures that may be used to assist in identifying the identity of unauthorized users, including launching a camera to capture the environment in which the device is located, photos of the current user, and determining the geographic location, and then returning the data. To the remote system.

In some cases, simply comparing the identity of the current user with the original authorized user can detect whether the device has been misappropriated by an unauthorized person. For example, take a picture of the current user, record the current user's voice and heartbeat, or combine the above methods, and compare it with the photo, sound or heartbeat of the original authorized user. If the two do not match, you can determine the current Users are not authorized.

This patented technology automatically "restricts access to certain application functions, restricts access to sensitive information, and removes sensitive information from the device" if it detects that the device has been compromised.

The Apple spokesperson did not immediately respond to the reporter’s confirmation interview.

In July of this year, the US Copyright Office ruled that it would not violate the federal copyright law if it avoided the manufacturer’s protection mechanism and allowed the “mobile phone to execute software applications”. In spite of this, Apple still repeatedly discourages users from engaging in jailbreaks and reminds them that doing so would invalidate the warranty of the device.

When Apple issued a statement in response to the verdict, said: "As we have said before, the vast majority of iPhone customers will not jailbreak, because it violates the warranty contract, and may cause the iPhone to become unstable and unreliable. ”