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Apple might lock you out of your iPhone to save your life

24
Apr
2014

We all know the dangers of looking down at our phones while behind the wheel of a car, but when that familiar beep or buzz signals the arrival of a text message, it can be hard to resist glancing away from the road momentarily. A recent patent from Apple could solve the problem once and for all. Published on the USPTO website this week, Apple’s “driver handheld computing device lock-out” mechanism would disable certain functions on a mobile device while the user is driving. In one iteration, the mechanism wouldn’t even require any hardware modifications to existing devices — if the iPhone’s motion analyzer were to detect high speeds, based on GPS data or cell phone signals, it would simply lock

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