After the iPod gained popularity a few years back, thieves started taking advantage of the white earbuds to target iPod users for a robbery. It still remains a problem in most major cities and now with the iPhone almost out, we may have another problem with theft on our hands.
Thankfully, Apple kept this in mind and a recent patent filing reveals more information related to the iPhone’s security features. If you leave a specific location, the iPhone may be able to prompt a user for a code. If said code is not entered, the iPhone will lock its ability to charge the battery. This timer method is said to be effective, so we’ll see just how well it works come next week. You know, when some idiot gets jacked up right outside an AT&T store with his shiny new iPhone.
Apple Patent Foretells iPod And iPhone Security [Information Week]