iPhone Safe Locations

Posted on 6 January 2010 • AppleBlog

My number 1 wish-list item for any future version of the iPhone OS is a simple addition to the iPhone settings that I call Safe Locations.

The Question

Why do you have to keep entering your Passcode Lock when you’re at home or in another location where your iPhone is safe from theft?

The Answer

Add an option to the iPhone Settings App that automatically disables the Passcode Lock when you are at a secure location — i.e. on your home or office Wi-Fi network — so that you don’t have to keep typing the Passcode over and over again. Once you go out of range of the network the Passcode Lock is automatically enabled. When your iPhone re-joins a Safe Locations network the Passcode Lock is disabled again. For added security you enter the Passcode once when first re-joining a Safe Locations network.

  1. Add an option to the General > Wi-Fi Networks > Network Settings preferences screen so that you can set Safe Location to On / Off for each of your saved networks.
  2. Add an option to the General > Passcode Lock preferences screen so that you can globally manage your Safe Locations settings for all your saved networks.
  3. Add a new General > Passcode Lock > Safe Locations preferences screen to manage Safe Locations for each of your saved networks.

I’ve been toying with this idea for a while now, but polished it up in response to the article TUAW readers: Help us tell Apple what you want in the next iPhone! who I emailed the idea.