Many published Apple patents have come to the fore in the past few months, giving fans a glimpse of what future-gen iPhones may feature.
Another one published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is titled, “Fingerprint Activation Of A Panic Mode of Operation For A Mobile Device.” As the name suggests, the feature is a “panic mode” option that gets activated when the user places a designated finger on the Touch ID. This unlocks the device but cuts off access to information including contacts, emails, photos, videos, or documents.
This is also useful when someone is a in a very crowded public area and doesn’t want all the data to be seen. The patent also lists another similar feature, wherein a specific finger directly unlocks the device, activating a silent alarm mode.
The silent alarm mode may be capable of serving many purposes. For starters, it could record an audio clip; capture an image or a video in an emergency situation. It also includes, “transmitting an alert using a cellular network to an emergency service provider.”
As noted by International Business Times, it isn’t the first time that a patent highlighting a safety feature by Apple has been published. With the patent filed in September, fans may witness a smoke detector feature on the future-gen iPhones.
With another patent published on November 3, iPhone users can also expect support for Apple Pencil to arrive for the smartphone. As noted by Patently Apple, the patent depicts a stylus, which is capable of receiving stimulation and is sensitive to pressure. The illustration shows off a tablet (iPad) and a mobile phone (iPhone) that can be paired with the stylus in question.
There is no word when Apple devices will boast of these really neat features but Apple fans can keep coming back for more updates on iPhone 7.