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The passcode unlocking feature that is now available in iPhones may soon be replaced with image recognition system by Apple with the launch next operating system - iOS7. Apple has now applied for a patent regarding the same. The patent application is called "Image- based Authentication" which describes the way by which an image of some type will be displayed on an iDevice screen or a Mac.
The technology will reportedly show a picture in random from the contacts of the user and also ask for their name from a list of contacts on the touch screen. It is also equipped with voice recognition. Users will be able to access the devices only if they provide right answers for queries. If the user provides an incorrect answer the device remains locked, says the reports.
The first to report about this patent was Patently Apple, and Apple's filing of this patent includes an image of a person's face. The image contains a long list of names underneath it and the user in order to unlock the device is supposed to identify the name of the person correctly. The firm has come up with this idea in view of providing enhanced security services to its customers.
Misplacing of devices happens often leaving it prone to being hacked into by thieves. The new technology completely aims at dissuading thieves from stealing the devices. This will also stop people from accessing their friends' devices. A number of software makers normally ask users for an input prior to unlocking the handheld device. The input made may be a Passcode which contain four or more characters. This kind of system, however, can be compromised.