Patent filing involves a remote for remote authorization by an Apple device

Apple is working on methods to make its devices even more secure. The company has filed for a patent (number 20180109629) for an “user interface for a device requesting remote authorization.”

It involves enhancements of the company’s current techniques for managing a remote authorization to proceed with an action, such as creating a secure network connection. In some examples, a requesting device (say, a MacBook) transmits a request to proceed with an action to an authenticating device (such as an iPhone). The authenticating device concurrently displays an indication of the request to proceed with the action, information about the selected one or more options, and an indication of the requesting device. The authenticating device receives authorization to proceed with the action and transmits a response to the requesting device regarding the request to proceed with the action.

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In the patent filing, Apple notes that the use of electronic devices for storing and displaying secure information has increased significantly in recent years, such as in the use of devices for two-factor authentication. For example, a device may store a secure value. By securely storing the value at the device, the device provides the user with a certain level of security. The value is subsequently displayed on a display of the device, and the user may use the displayed value for performing various tasks using the device. 

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.