Apple was just granted a patent for technology that could lead to a fancy new biometric unlocking mechanism on future Apple products. The technology could also be used to implement new security features for ecommerce. The patent comes just a few months after Apple bought security technology company AuthenTec for $356…
Whether you're sliding a bar or pulling a puzzle piece across your smartphone screen, you're performing an action patented by Apple. Seriously, any "predefined gesture" used to unlock a phone is now covered under patent 8,046,721, issued today. Check out the full—albeit indecipherable—patent description at The Register
Today, nearly three years after their filing, the United States Patent & Trademark Office awarded Apple a patent that covers the design of the iPhone's popping character keyboard and slide to unlock functions.