has one of the most popular smartphones on the market today and as
such there are users all around the world that use the device for
keeping in contact with loved ones. Many of those people who live a
long way from each other undoubtedly use the phone for some racy
subject material such as sexting.Apple has been granted
a patent (first applied for in 2008) that is titled
"Text-based communication control for personal communication
device" according to Tech
That sounds rather plebeian until you dig into the subject matter of
the patent and realize exactly what the patent does and the
opportunity for censorship that will anger some.The verbiage
seems docile and welcome on some levels stating in the background
info, "[Currently there is] no way to monitor and control text
communications to make them user appropriate. For example, users such
as children may send or receive messages (intentionally or not) with
parentally objectionable language.”The patent outlines an
application that would allow the parent to determine words that a
child using the phone can't send or receive texts that contain those
words. The patent also outlines a way that the application could
alert other people like parents or administrators in a business
setting when patents with these objectionable words are sent using
the phone.The patent reads, "If the control contains
unauthorized text, the control application may alert the user, the
administrator or other designated individuals of the presence of such
text. The control application may require the user to replace the
unauthorized text or may automatically delete the text or the entire
communication."It's unclear if the patent will cover a
system that automatically censors objectionable words and inserts
other words all the time by default or if it is an opt-in service. If
the patent is a system that will only allow those who own the devices
to set word filters, there will be few parents or network
administrators that won’t like the newfound control over how an
iPhone can be used.
quote: Yet another reason to avoid Apple products.
quote: I guess that's the demographic this aimed at.
quote: I'm a parent, and I remember being a kid. I'll tell you what, this will not stop them, they'll use some kind of new slang or abbreviation, to get around it. So SMD
quote: If you are a parent then having a parental control feature like this may help sway you to buy a phone like this for your kids. Some kids will work around around the restrictions and almost all adult buyers will probably be utterly unaffected by this feature - but it will probably be attractive to a big demographic (people buying phones for their kids) and is thus a potentially useful marketing feature.
quote: Valid point, but wouldn't that just lower desirability to children....and make Android more attractive to them, as they ask parents for a phone other than iPhone.