A patent reveals proactive features for the service's next iteration, including the ability to preselect files and folders that must be protected
Patently Apple dug up a new Apple patent Thursday morning that could portend new -- and better -- features for the next iteration of its popular Find My iPhone service. Patent applications are never a roadmap for future products -- just think of all the unused Apple patents and trademarks the company has filed just to protect its future self or because it thought some errant employee had a good idea that was outside of the box. But we'd like to see some of these changes take effect and, because they improve so greatly on a service that more and more users are finding essential, we bet they will.
In the development stage ever since the first version of Find My iPhone was released in 2009, the features detailed in the new patent are proactive rather than reactive. Before anybody has the chance to steal your iPhone -- and before you can misplace it -- you will be able to preselect certain files and folders, with these new features, that must be protected under any circumstances. You can also, if the ideas presented in this patent become reality, scramble your files instead of wiping them out completely. If you're able to get your iPhone back, retrieval will be a lot easier than it currently is.