V3.co.uk reports that Apple has filed a patent titled "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device" that seeks to detect unauthorized users of iPhones, lock down the device and, if it is stolen, to notify the user of its location.
According to Computerworld, the technology could:
record the voice of the current user of the phone, take photographs of the user, geotag the photograph and activate the accelerometer to "determine a current mode of transportation of the electronic device."
While Apple is stressing the idea that the patent is aimed at detecting an unauthorized user, the patent also describes a means to identify the "hacking, jailbreaking, unlocking or removal of a SIM," which some may see as another attempt by Apple to exert more control over how its products are used. Apple has been frustrated by a recent ruling by the Library of Congress that it is lawful to hack or "jailbreak" an iPhone.