“On December 29, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for device security,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In 2009, Apple’s presence detection patent first came to light in relation to future MacBooks. Then in November of this year, Apple revealed a heavy duty 3D face and object recognition system that could be used for home and enterprise security applications,” Purcher reports. “In today’s revelations, Apple introduces us to a more down-to-earth and practical security system for our portable devices.”

Purcher reports, “For simple home or personal use, the system could be setup to recognize your presence and face to quickly turn on your device. This would bypass the need for entering a password or even having to touch the home button to get to your homepage. For use at work, the facial recognition system could be set to higher levels of security. All in all it sounds like a very promising security system is in our future.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]