Apple Explores Ways To Secure, Set Up And Sell iOS Devices While Still In The …

26 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple Explores Ways To Secure, Set Up And Sell iOS Devices While Still In The Box.

Apple has a new patent application (via Patently Apple) that could make it even easier to get started with a new iOS device before you even take it out of the box – using settings from your existing device to configure the new one. The Cupertino company has applied for a patent that would let Apple Store employees personalise devices for customers while still packaged and in store. This could “include loading of files, configuration of user accounts, configuration of user interfaces, [and] installation of applications.” A device would be placed close to the packaged iPhone/iPad/MacBook, and would then transmit the desired configuration wirelessly to it.

The brand new packaged device would then be able to communicate via some kind of short-range wireless communication method, like Bluetooth or NFC, and transfer settings, lock screen art, user information and even a list of apps to download from the existing gadget to the one in the box. Here’s a diagram that comes with the patent application — it shows an iPad but the patent notes that the technology could be used for any number of devices: But Apple already makes every effort to ensure that its in-store employees are helpful as possible.

It goes further still, suggesting that the communication between the two devices could first ascertain whether or not the packaged device was actually purchased first, locking it from setup in cases where it determines that it has been stolen instead. The patent is fairly amazing in terms of scope and potential impact on the retail and gadget setup experience, and was only filed in the third quarter of last year, meaning it could very easily still make its way to production devices in the future.

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