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Apple patents Kill Switch for Jailbroken iPhones

Aug 22 2010, 8:00am CDT | by , in Rumors | Apple

Relax jailbreakers, it is just a patent for now.

Apple patents Kill Switch for Jailbroken iPhones
 
 

Since jailbreaking really got easy a lot of iPhone users roll on the Apple unapproved side of things. Apple sees a lot of value in the closed and controlled eco-system. The Register reports that Apple filed for a patent with the title "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device". From a legal standpoint jailbreaking has been cleared recently. Apple paints a broader application for the patent that sees also value in protecting owners of devices from hackers.

I am not sure if Apple would be able to get away with a kill switch for jailbroken iPhones. The community outcry would be dramatic. As said above for now this is just a patent application.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr (Google) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com.

 

 

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