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Unless you're someone who's surgically bonded your iPhone to your hand, chances are that sooner or later you might misplace or have stolen your lovely iDevice. When it happens, your concerns will likely be with the safety and accessibility of your private information. Your whole life is on that iPhone! What if someone unscrupulous gets access to your personal data? Take heart, users, Apple's looking into further ways to prevent that from happening.
Steve jobs and company are constantly thinking up new cool things for the faithful, and thus are continually patenting their ideas, even if said ideas never come to light in physical form. To wit, a slew of new patent applications have been revealed that give a hint about the kinds of security features we might see in the future.
There are some truly wonderful and proactive ideas on display, and it's beyond the scope of this article to list them all, but some of the more intriguing methods include automatic audio recording in the hopes of catching incriminating voice information, remote data scrambling instead of wiping, denial of access to private networks and long-distance calling, and file-specific protection rather than system-wide lockdown.
It's worth noting again that these patent applications are to secure rights to the ideas therein, and are not meant to indicate actual products or services actively under development by Apple. Still, it's comforting to know that when it comes to security, Apple's got your back.