Apple Applies for “Face Unlock” Patent, Sound Familiar? (Updated)

December 29, 2011
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Okay let me start off by saying all these patents that everyone is applying for is getting a bit ridiculous. Apple has applied to the USPTO for another technology patent, which Apple is not even using but is one of the biggest features in Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich. Apple’s application describes the patent as a brand new technology that allows a user to unlock a device by using the features of their face.

I am not really to sure about Apple’s reasoning in going after this patent, maybe they want to stop Android from using Face Unlock so they can add it in iOS 6? Or maybe they have been working on something similar behind closed doors and want to get the patent before Google does, so they can implement the feature in later updates to their iOS devices? There are many possibilities.

We do not know what Google is planning to do about this, and why there is not a website dedicated to Google’s patents, I have no idea. But as always when we learn more we will be sure to pass it along to you.

What do you think is Apple’s reasoning is behind applying for the “Face Unlock” patent? Let us know your opinions in the comments.

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