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Apple Applies For Image-Based Authentication Patent

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Intended for Mac and iDevice users

iPhone maker, Apple, has applied for an image-based patent that would authenticate a Mac or iDevice user.

The patent application is entitled "Image-Based Authentication" and describes a method by which an image would be displayed on a Mac or iDevice screen. Options will be showcased asking users to correctly identify what it is. Should they correctly answer, access to a given device will be granted, while an incorrect answer keeps it locked.

Apple's filing depicts an image showing a person's face, with a list of names situated under said image. The user would then have to correctly identify which person's face it is to unlock the device. As for security, the application mentions "multiple rounds," which would require more than one image to be correctly identified.

The company's primary authentication method for iOS devices has been a user-generated password. The patent for its slide-to-unlock feature, meanwhile, was recently granted.



 

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    rantoc , February 8, 2013 6:10 PM
    So its basically what many anti bot measures use to thwart auto registrations and the like, how original of apple to abuse other peoples ideas over and over without giving credits where its due. Heck with apples wicked morale i bet they will patent it and then even try to sue the original inventor for stealing "their" idea!
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    neon neophyte , February 8, 2013 6:18 PM
    ugh, this already exists for internet authentication... and apple is going to patent it?
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    twelve25 , February 8, 2013 6:09 PM
    Microsoft's image password is a much better idea, in my opinion.
  • 12 Hide
    rantoc , February 8, 2013 6:10 PM
    So its basically what many anti bot measures use to thwart auto registrations and the like, how original of apple to abuse other peoples ideas over and over without giving credits where its due. Heck with apples wicked morale i bet they will patent it and then even try to sue the original inventor for stealing "their" idea!
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    neon neophyte , February 8, 2013 6:18 PM
    ugh, this already exists for internet authentication... and apple is going to patent it?
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    becherovka , February 8, 2013 6:29 PM
    Is this face unlock? So new!! Never seen anything so original.
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    becherovka , February 8, 2013 6:31 PM
    Sorry the most original thing I have seen was in 2007 when a company made a rectangle phone and they rounded the corners. I was like WOW this company is amazing!!
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    COLGeek , February 8, 2013 6:40 PM
    Seems odd to patent a capability already in wide use. This tech is used extensively with on-line banking.
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    alchemy69 , February 8, 2013 6:58 PM
    This is a backdoor patent. Apple will now sue everyone on the internet who has posted a picture of their face with their name underneath it.
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    Anonymous , February 8, 2013 6:58 PM
    MIDI Has been open to the public for 30 years I am surprised they have yet to do any PATENTS on it scince any musical device can just link and go with it
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    house70 , February 8, 2013 7:11 PM
    Apple HQ must look like that cave in "Trollhunter".

    Trolls everywhere.
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    Chairman Ray , February 8, 2013 7:33 PM
    Didn't Yahoo already patent this, or something similar? Also, different types of image authentication has already been used for a long time.
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    wemakeourfuture , February 8, 2013 7:37 PM
    becherovkaIs this face unlock? So new!! Never seen anything so original.


    No its not face unlock. Its pictures and you have to identify what word symbolizes that picture to unlock you device. Not have the unit scan your face and unlock the device.
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    wemakeourfuture , February 8, 2013 7:41 PM
    becherovkaSorry the most original thing I have seen was in 2007 when a company made a rectangle phone and they rounded the corners. I was like WOW this company is amazing!!


    And it was a fingertouch smarthpone and now every company has copied that idea since they became successful.

    Then they made a fingertouch tablet that made billions then every company copied that idea too.

    But yah, just a company with a patent on rectangles with rounded edges that seems to have multi-billion dollar - multi-national tech companies copying their product ideas ?
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    onichikun , February 8, 2013 7:43 PM
    you know, with the number of content-based image searches, and social networking sites like facebook and google+ etc...

    Steps to break auth method:
    1) Take picture of picture
    2) CB Image search with that picture
    3) High chance of getting it matched.
    4) Repeat
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    twelve25 , February 8, 2013 8:12 PM
    wemakeourfutureAnd it was a fingertouch smarthpone and now every company has copied that idea since they became successful.Then they made a fingertouch tablet that made billions then every company copied that idea too.But yah, just a company with a patent on rectangles with rounded edges that seems to have multi-billion dollar - multi-national tech companies copying their product ideas ?


    Ha Ha! Symbian smartphones with a touchscreen came out in 2000! Palm had the Treo in like 2003. Apple mozied along in 2007 and just made it cool.


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    homiedontrightclick , February 8, 2013 9:06 PM
    wemakeourfutureAnd it was a fingertouch smarthpone and now every company has copied that idea since they became successful.Then they made a fingertouch tablet that made billions then every company copied that idea too.But yah, just a company with a patent on rectangles with rounded edges that seems to have multi-billion dollar - multi-national tech companies copying their product ideas ?


    Finally, someone with some sense.
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    neon neophyte , February 8, 2013 9:08 PM
    lol apple didnt make the first phone with a touchscreen. how does that koolaid taste anyway?
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    eijiyuki , February 8, 2013 9:42 PM
    You can patent a flowchart of basic image recognition ?
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    wemakeourfuture , February 8, 2013 9:58 PM
    Twelve25Ha Ha! Symbian smartphones with a touchscreen came out in 2000! Palm had the Treo in like 2003. Apple mozied along in 2007 and just made it cool.


    Right and those phones are what spawned Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, LG, etc, etc to make finger touch SMARTPHONES !? LOL you can revise history all you want no doubt what impact the iPhone made to the mobile sector.
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    wemakeourfuture , February 8, 2013 10:01 PM
    neon neophytelol apple didnt make the first phone with a touchscreen. how does that koolaid taste anyway?


    You do not understand the difference between first to market and what changed the market.

    You can be first to market with a flying car and sell one to your mother.
    Honda can make a flying car that establishes a market, sells, usher a brand new way of transportation and every manufacturer products flying cars.

    Understand the difference at a market impact level, understand FINGER touch smartphone, not some stylus crap that sold a few thousand units, didn't compel competitors across the world to overhaul their product line up.

    Sad when tech head just understand specs and dates without understanding implications on markets, competition, innovation, society, etc.
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    Vladislaus , February 8, 2013 10:02 PM
    wemakeourfutureAnd it was a fingertouch smarthpone and now every company has copied that idea since they became successful.Then they made a fingertouch tablet that made billions then every company copied that idea too.But yah, just a company with a patent on rectangles with rounded edges that seems to have multi-billion dollar - multi-national tech companies copying their product ideas ?

    Apple was almost a decade late to the touchscreen smartphone arena. Just because they're successful doesn't mean they were the first.
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