Apple Could Turn TouchID Into a Panic Button According to Patent
Apple is considering adding a security feature to its TouchID system that could turn the fingerprint scanner into a panic button.
Back in May 2014, Apple filed a patent application with USPTO that the agency recently published. The patent focuses on the iPhone and iPad users sporting a model with TouchID. The idea is to program TouchID to have a specific finger convert it into a panic button, triggering a ‘panic mode.’
This mode would result in the handset or tablet freezing out requests for personal information, or would reset immediately. This would allow one to protect an iPhone or iPad user who is being forced to unlock their device. One could simply use the programmed finger, which Apple dubs as the ‘panic finger,’ to trigger the panic mode in such a situation.
While going into this panic mode, the front-facing camera could also activate and take pictures or video of the culprit. These images could then be sent to the iCloud account from where they could be turned over to law enforcements. In addition, the panic mode could also open the mic to allow real-time monitoring.
At the moment, this is just a patent, and it’s unclear if Apple would actually implement the idea in real life anytime soon.