Anyway, yes it does seem like a bit of an overreaction on the part of most people. But then again, the OP doesn't really elude to much of the factual stuff...It's written with a slight sensational bias, so that what you're going to get from most people.
They could be using it for something like the device detects which person has it in their hand and signs them into a profile. Could be used for iPads and stuff if you have kids that use your devices.
I remember hearing something about a year ago that apple might try doing this, didn't mention how they would detect who the user was but I guess this'll do... don't have any links or sources to it.
"Could be configured to Recognize Faces in your Family or WorkplaceFurthermore, the iOS device could be configured to recognize faces of a predetermined group (including a small number) of users that may login on the iOS device and could present each user with a personalized configuration (see patent point 142). For example, to comply with such personalized configurations, the iOS device could modify screen saver slide shows or other appliance non-security preferences.I also see that patent point 142 noted above shows us that we could be greeted with a message saying Hello! Although that will likely be optional, I'm curious as to how Apple will implement such a feature. Will they use a text only greeting or will they venture out and introduce a more personalized greeting from Siri (if you're an iCloud subscriber, that is). Depending on your view of talking devices, that could either be cool or creepy (ha!). "
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Rofl this thread. im not going to comment about the apple filing im more going to comment on the system. No need to be nervous, no need to freak out... our system while broken as people say is good enough to identify the bad and good. The USPTO isnt perfect they do grant some patents they shouldn't but realistically thats just the first check mark in the system for suing people. If apple tried suing people with a patent that it truly shouldn't have then i guarantee a company will checking validity of patent. Just a part of the process. Also, if a company is using something in their product before another company files for the patent it will be thrown out. While apple did file for this in 2010, google has recently aquired Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition . Im sure thats got a couple useful patents :p just saying.