If owners enable password or fingerprint protection on their iPhones, they could locate their stolen phones from iCloud accounts. But this feature is unable to work on the occasion when the device is turned off and the SIM is removed. Now Apple has patented a new technology to keeps ‘Find My iPhone’ active when the device is turned off, so that you will be able to locate stolen iPhone even if it is powered off.
The company’s patent US20160323703 reveals a more advanced version of Find My iPhone that can work to help locate stolen iPhone regardless of the device state. The patent was recently awarded by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. iPhone could come with a feature that “periodically exits an unpowered state and transmits location data”. A dedicated timer would periodically power up a portion of the device from an unpowered state, and the locate service modules would transmit the location data to the owner through one or more channels. If a SIM is still available, Find My iPhone could send codes, pictures, voice input or patterns via email or text. The feature could also connect to a known network to help users track down the device.
For now the technology is in patent stage and there is no way of knowing if Apple plans to make it a reality. Will the advanced ‘Find My iPhone’ feature be available on the next generation model coming in 2017? We are looking forward to see it happen.
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