Apple patent explores anti-jailbreak options

Darren Allan

August 23, 2010

An Apple patent has come to light which revolves around identifying and dealing with stolen iPhones, and also those which have been jailbroken.

TechRadar reports that the “Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device” patent, which was filed by Apple back in February, details methods of detecting hacked or jailbroken devices, and measures that could be taken against them.

The patent is, on the face of it, designed to protect those who have had their mobile nicked from unauthorised users playing around with it. However, it also contains specific references to jailbreaking, with counter-measures to the practice that could include wiping the device, a so-called remote “kill switch”. It’s all quite worrying sounding, really.

However, we should bear in mind that this patent was filed before the recent ruling in the States that jailbreaking is actually a legitimate practice, so it remains to be seen whether this manoeuvring is relevant any more.


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  1. Brian Jones says:

    Surely if I buy an electronic device, what I do with it is my own business. Apple appears to want to retain rights over something that is no longer their property much in the way they could if they only rented them out. Maybe that is the answer.

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