“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published Apple’s patent application for a system that can both lock and unlock an iDevice based on automatic facial analysis,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“Apple’s descriptively titled ‘Locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition’ patent application describes a mobile device that automatically captures and analyzes images of a user’s face, or lack thereof, to lock and unlock itself,” Campbell reports. “To solve the issue of having to lock or unlock a device manually, Apple proposes that a product can be configured to lock itself if the user’s face is no longer present in images captured by the front-facing camera, and unlock itself when the user’s face reappears. In order to automate the process, Apple relies on device triggers, such as motion, time thresholds and positioning.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application diagrams, in the full article here.

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