When iOS 7 was released by Apple, making the biggest jump in iOS since the birth of the Mobile OS, plenty of reports were published on how Apple had taken best from the world of Android and Windows Phone in designing iOS 7. Steve Jobs was always very vocal about stealing great ideas and looks like his successor Tim Cook may not be too much against the policy.
According to two patents approved on Thursday, for which Apple had applied all the way back in 2012, there might be some truth to the rumors that pattern lock could well be on its way to iOS devices. Pattern lock has been one of the unique Android feature, which is not only secure but also a remarkably quick way to unlock your device and get to the desktop. According to the report in Technobuffalo, both these patents talk about, ‘Gesture Entry Technique’ giving us a clue that maybe Apple is looking at some more gesture based elements in the upcoming iOS updates.
The differentiator here in Apple’s implementation is that users can rearrange the dots unlike the 3×3 matrix that Android users are restricted to. Not just this, Apple also has added a feature where a user can add in invisible dots to the pattern adding to the full proof-ness of the system. There is also added factor of acceleration, timing as well as timing to ensure the devices using the system are completely secure.
It is certainly interesting that Apple is interested in pattern unlocking especially after it has just debuted the Touch ID in iPhone 5s which certainly is the fastest and most secure way of keeping your device lock. Maybe, this method could be the secondary unlocking option or be used on devices where Touch ID is not incorporated like the older iPhones or even the budget devices.