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Apple patent application includes mock-up of a jailbroken iPhone

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 6:17PM EST

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Apple’s recent patent application covering biometric and other embedded authentication systems has caused quite a stir as one of the included images is a mock-up of a jailbroken phone. Considering that Apple is trying to use copyright infringement and the DMCA to hinder jailbreaking, it is unusual to see such an image in an official Apple document.  The image of the jailbroken iPhone appears in a section of the patent that describes how authentication can be used to display different options and applications to different users:

[0048]Once the user has been properly authenticated, the electronic device may display options associated with the authenticated user (e.g., options for applications purchased by particular users). In some embodiments, the electronic device may provide access to resources or content that was previously not available (e.g., contact lists or previous messages in a telephone or mail application). FIGS. 5A-C are schematic views of illustrative display screens associated with different users provided in response to authenticating the user in accordance with one embodiment of the invention.

United States Patent Application: 0090083850 PRE { font-family: “Times New Roman”; font-size: 12pt; } [0050]Display screen 500C may include options 510C for resources or applications available to the users. In some embodiments, options 510C for the same resources as other display screens may have different appearances (e.g., different icons). For example, in FIG. 5C, the options displayed for the Mail, Clock, Photos, YouTube, and Calculator applications may be different than those displayed in display screen 500A of FIG. 5A. Display screen 500C may in addition include a custom or personal background 512C (e.g., different background image). In some embodiments, display screen 500C may not include a dock or other feature for maintaining some options 510C in a fixed position (e.g., unlike options 510B located in dock 512B).

Presumably under this authentication scheme, some users will be allowed access to the jailbroken screen while other users will be blocked and shown another screen. Was the selection of a jailbroken screen to represent a modified home screen a major faux pas or was its inclusion deliberate? Either way, Installer is sooooo 2008. It’s all about Cydia now, Apple — get with the program.

[Via Engadget]