Lawyer Lulz: Apple Tries to Sneak in Jailbreak Patent

Remember that Apple patent for biometric and other advanced authentication schemes we mentioned yesterday? Well, Engadget took a closer look and it seems like the artwork used in the patent features none other than a few of everyone's favorite Jailbreak apps, including Installer, SMBPrefs, and the iWood theme.

So is Apple trying to sneak in some Jailbreak patents, or did a crafty draftsman just do it for the lulz?

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jasonact says:

Might this be Apple's attempt to get money from the jailbreak community through patent licencing? Might they be using this as a way to limit/ break the jailbreak community? If this is approved, they could use this as a way to file patent imfringment suits, an ironic twist.

Aaaaa says:

Hey everyone, is there a theme which looks like these screenshots? This looks so awesome :D

Rene Ritchie says:

@Jason, Apple would have a hard time getting around "prior art", but would any hackers come out to claim legal rights?

Wesley says:

These are applications for the 1.x firmware, when there was no AppStore. SMB is SummerBoard, now we have WinterBoard (btw, for 3.0 it will be FallBoard?), and there is also the ScreenShot which is no longer necessary.

fassy says:

You are missing the bigger picture. Above SMBPrefs is the Twitter logo. By filing this patent application, Apple will not only kill jailbreakers they will OWN TWITTER!
Seriously, calm down. This is for lulz -- or it was until people at Apple have a chat with the artist.

ethan says:

If I was drawing this out for a patent, I would have certainly put jailbroken apps on as an inside joke.

Matt says:

I think Rene Ritchie and Engadget is for the lulz.
It's somewhat unknown that Rene is in communication with Diazien Hossencofft and Linda Henning about reptilian humanoids taking over the earth.
The three will do to 'reality' what was done to Girly Hossencofft.
The newz - is the lulz -at the iphone blog. (Hey, it's your new motto!)