Apple Files Patent For Fingerprint-Controlled iOS Modes

Apple Files Patent For Fingerprint-Controlled iOS Modes

Apple recently filed a patent for what appear to be some new iOS biometric features. Described as ‘panic mode’ and ‘private mode’, these features utilize the built-in fingerprint reader on an iOS device. The user can designate a specific fingerprint to activate one of these modes while another fingerprint activates the normal mode of operation. The idea of ‘panic mode’ is to silently alert the authorities in the case of an emergency. Likewise, ‘private mode’ will unlock the phone but deny access to personal information. This could be useful if someone wants to borrow a phone to make a call or do a specific task.

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