Do you have a proper track of all the keys that unlocks your home’s front door, bedroom door, office door, cupboard, vehicle, personal drawer, suitcase and even your bank locker among various other locked devices? Tensed about a likelihood of misplacing one of those important keys? How about one-stop solution of bundling all keys digitally?
As per a report in the Times of India, Computer giant Apple is all set to bring in sweeping changes in enabling convenience of handling various keys belonging to different locks – this time through a digital master key. Yes, Apple is planning to come out with a hi-tech device nicknamed as ‘iKey’, a single electronic device which would work as a concept of digital master key for all the locks.
The new technology simply requires the users to enter a pin code and wave the device over an electronic pad fitted beside a door to open it. Which device am I speaking about to be waved beside the door? Any guesses?
Well! Take this… the speculation, as per the same above report linked above, is that this new technology could well be coupled with the next model of iPhone which would mean an iPhone with an ‘iKey.’
How many of us could have imagined a newer version of iPhone along with an all new ‘iKey’ technology catering to a all new digital market than just telecom? This could be yet another salvo by Apple’s Steve Jobs with his out-of-the-box thinking material.
However, the usual locking systems that we use in our daily life may not cater to this digital master key. The user may need to install electronic and computer controlled locks to their doors which need to be coupled and configured with the digital key’s premise in order to work hand-in-hand.
This system of digital key would possibly come with some enabling and supporting electronic device like, for example, an iPhone. Later, this i’Key-enabled iPhone needs to be waved near the electronic lock with the required input of pin numbers. A proper and a correct entry of the pin number in line with matching data on the electronic lock would ensure unlocking of the door.
With this the purview of your iPhone attains the status of a broad spectrum device from a communication gadget to an all important digital key. If at all the speculation that an iPhone would be coupled with the digital key features, works it way out into the market, it would sum up into a blockbuster formula for the Apple Company.
It would mean instant promotion and marketing of two revolutionizing concepts in form of a digital key combined with a communication box. An all-inclusive package of both the electronic devices would mean a sophisticated product with multiple value propositions.
Will Steve Job be able to unlock this Key to success?