IPhone’s ‘panic mode’

New mode will let you lock out per­sonal in­for­ma­tion

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If you carry around sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion on your iPhone, you could soon have one less rea­son to panic. Ap­ple has filed a patent to ac­ti­vate ‘panic mode’ when un­lock­ing your iPhone us­ing a des­ig­nated fin­ger. Once your iPhone is un­locked us­ing the se­cret panic mode method, the de­vice would au­to­mat­i­cally limit ac­cess to per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, re­set the de­vice al­to­gether or ac­ti­vate pre­set ac­tions.

Since Touch ID can reg­is­ter sev­eral dif­fer­ent fin­ger­prints, the patent sug­gests that iPhone users could des­ig­nate a spe­cific finger­print to un­lock the iPhone in ‘panic mode’. This would then make your

left thumb your se­cret ‘panic fin­ger’. Ac­cord­ing to the patent, us­ing this fin­ger would alert your iPhone you are in dis­tress or in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion, and your phone would re­spond ac­cord­ingly.

Panic mode would give iPhone users a new range of se­cu­rity set­tings when forced to un­lock their de­vices us­ing Touch ID. For ex­am­ple, an iPhone in panic mode could be set to au­to­mat­i­cally take pho­tos of the as­sailant and send them along with your GPS co­or­di­nates to the au­thor­i­ties se­curely over iCloud. An­other panic mode sce­nario could have your iPhone send out dis­tress sig­nals to nearby iPhones. The panic fin­ger could also be used to un­lock an iPhone and im­me­di­ately have it place an emer­gency call.

Why this mat­ters:

Ap­ple’s patent fil­ing sug­gests that panic mode could be a way for users to keep their pri­vate in­for­ma­tion se­cure in the case that their iPhone is be­ing stolen.

With all the dif­fer­ent emer­gency sce­nar­ios pre­sented in the patent, it’s easy to think of other quick ac­tions that can be im­ple­mented to im­prove the safety of iPhone users all over the world. For ex­am­ple, how about ac­ti­vat­ing a panic mode set­ting to se­cretly place an emer­gency call to 911 that in­stantly pro­vides your name and lo­ca­tion with­out you hav­ing to ut­ter a word.

But just be­cause Ap­ple has filed this patent, how­ever, doesn’t mean that this tech­nol­ogy will be com­ing to the iPhone 7. It just means that if an­other phone-maker im­ple­ments this tech­nol­ogy in the near fu­ture, Ap­ple can take them to court and say they thought of it first.

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