Apple’s Find My iPhone feature lets you locate your iPhone or iPad if your device has been lost or stolen, and now it looks like the service could possibly get some new features.
Patently Apple have discovered a new patent filing for Apple’s Find My iPhone, and this has revealed some new possible features for the service.
The patent filing revealed that a new feature would allow someone who has found your iPhone or iPad to contact one of your contacts on your device, at the moment, when a device is locked you can not access any contacts or contact anyone.
By allowing an unauthenticated user to communicate with the particular contact using the device, the device enables an honest finder to contact the particular contact even if the device is secured, in case the owner of the device loses the device. Also, the device allows the owner to initiate a communication with the particular contact quicker because the owner does not have to go through the device’s security scheme to get authenticated by the device to use the device.
So basically if someone find your device, they would be able to access and send a text or email to any of the available contacts you have selected, which would help them return the device to you.
Source Patently Apple
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