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jmke 20th August 2010 17:55

Apple Patents Remotely Disabling Jailbroken Phones
Apple yesterday applied for patent to allow remotely disabling electronic devices when 'unauthorized usage' is detected. The patent application covers using the camera to take pictures of the unauthorized user and using GPS to determine location, and it involves ascertaining whether the phone has been hacked or jailbroken, using that as criteria for detecting 'suspicious behavior.' The patent would allow the carrier or any other 'authorized' party to disable or restrict the functionality of the device.

thorgal 20th August 2010 21:38

Did anyone bother to actually read what the patent is about. It has nothing to do with jail breaking but everything with theft. Big boo to slashdot for making this up.

jmke 20th August 2010 22:00


No, they're trying to patent methods for determining when to disable something remotely. Jailbreaking was just one of the clues they would look at, along with other things that might indicate that the phone has been stolen... something the anonymous submitter either didn't understand, or chose to misrepresent.
it can be used , if ever the decide to implement it that way ;)

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