Wil Gomez on a new Apple patent.
When you lose your iPhone or it is stolen, thieves will try to use it, first by pressing the Home button. Since the iPhone is locked, a fingerprint– if it’s yours– would unlock it. If it’s the thief’s fingerprint– it would scan and capture it, and use the built-in camera to capture a photo.
So, the camera would capture a photo of the thief, and capture the thief’s fingerprint.
Future iPhones could also capture audio once the iPhone realizes that whoever is trying to access the phone is not the rightful owner. Fingerprint, voice capture, face capture. There is little to prevent the iPhone from sending that information, as well as its current location, to a specified third party or email address.
All done in the background and almost immediately.
Within minutes you could be notified that a thief has attempted to access the iPhone and you will have both a voice print and photo, plus the perpetrator’s fingerprint. Now, couple that fingerprint capture with the F.B.I’s fingerprint database, and match the photo with a database photo that matches the fingerprint, and a future iPhone could show up on a future episode of N.C.I.S.