Monday, 7 July 2014

Silicon Safeplace


Siri, add Safeplace "Dark Alley"

Apple have filed a new patent that lets iPhone users automatically unlock their phone when it goes in range of a set safe place like work, home or the back of a van. Maybe not that last one? Anyways, there is one problem with it: the fact that it will automatically lock as soon as you exit the safeplace, so if you're planning on taking a selfie as soon as you leave Maccy D's, well bad for you and good riddance.

Still, as cool as this feature sounds, its already been sort of done. Apps like Llama and IFTTT can open certain apps or change a phone's settings as it enters a certain place,  but have yet had the ability to lock and unlock phones based on location. I can imagine that, since iOS isn't really open source, Apple will keep the idea to themselves, so Windows Phone, Blackberry and Android users will have to see if Google, Microsoft et al buy the licence from Apple or not, considering that it's patented.

What do you guys think? Are you excited by this new feature? What's the phone feature you most want to be invented? Tell us in the comments below!

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