San Francisco – Apple (NASD: AAPL) has applied for a patent on technology
that could be used to kill iPhones that have been "jailbroken" so
they can run unauthorized software, CNET News.com reported.
News of the patent
application, which was filed in early 2009 and published last week, comes after
the U.S. Copyright Office deemed jailbreaking to be legal.
described in the proposed "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized
Users of an Electronic Device" patent can identify activities such as
"hacking, jailbreaking, unlocking, or removal of a SIM card," and
take actions such as geotag the device’s location, or snap a photo of its
surroundings and current user.
If an unauthorized user is identified, "access
to particular applications can be restricted, access to sensitive information
can be restricted, [and] sensitive information can be erased from the
electronic device," the patent application states.
(DMW previous coverage)