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Apple has reportedly been working on a system for the iPhone and iPad which enables the device(s) to remain unlocked when in a “safe” wifi zone such as the owner’s home but will automatically lock itself when the person is a certain distance away from the area’s wifi range.

The system is being created so that users will not need to unlock their devices by tapping in a code or password every time it is turned on, saving time, energy and patience.

The patent explains that “Because some locations may be inherently more secure, such as a user’s home or office, these locations may be considered “safe” and require less stringent security … Conversely, some locations may be considered higher risk or “unsecure.” In these locations, it can be desirable to implement stronger security protections.”

There are worries, however, that the devices may be accessed if stolen within or brought into the area in which the wifi connection reaches outside of the owner’s home as this can sometimes be large. This may be avoided, however, by using the item’s GPS system.

Apple developing system which will keep devices unlocked when in a safe zone

The patent also explains that when the device is in a certain zone its home screen will automatically change to only display or allow apps which are chosen by the user to be used in order to avoid distractions. For example, whilst at work, the device may display a word processor and communication apps such as Skype while at home the screen will display entertainment apps such as YouTube and Spotify, amongst other chosen apps.

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  1. by MarktvTx, on July 11 2014 @ 12:01 pm

     

    Apple developing system which will keep devices unlocked when in a safe zone: Apple has reportedly been working… http://t.co/nPFPAsM2lc

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