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Is the End Near for Jail Breaking of iPhones?

Although the US Copyright office made it pretty clear iPhone users have the right to jailbreak-the process of unlocking and loading applications on the device not authorized by Apple- this apparently isn’t enough of a deterrent to Apple to discontinue this particular battle.

According to an article on Mobile Beat Apple has applied for a patient that ostensibly addresses some security concerns for the iPhone. The patent titled ‘Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device’ was applied for back in February 2009 and just recently published.

Taking a closer look we see that the application describes a variety of measures that could be used to help identify the unauthorized user, including the activation of a camera that could capture and geotag the device’s surroundings, and perhaps current user, and transmit that information to a remote device.

When unauthorized use has been detected, "access to particular applications can be restricted, access to sensitive information can be restricted, sensitive information can be erased from the electronic device," the application states, effectively wiping and bricking the device.

While these efforts should be lauded for attempting to protect the device in the event of an actual theft, it still remains uncertain as to what this means to users who are exercising their legitimate right to load software and/or applications on their iPhones.

Category: Mobile