Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,152,861) for a wireless security camera system that utilizes an iPhone.
The patent involves a security camera system with wireless communication components for communicating over first and second wireless communications, and a digital camera system. A data processing system implements a method for providing digital images to an image receiving system (the iPhone). The method includes establishing a first wireless connection between the security camera system and at the smartphone using the first wireless communication system.
Instructions for configuring the security camera system to communicate using the second wireless communication system are set up and transmitted by the iPhone to the security camera system over the first wireless connection. Captured digital images are then transmitted to the Apple smartphone over the second wireless communication system.
Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.