As noted, *nothing* is "going on here". Apple patented a technology that it may or may not decide to incorporate wholly or partially in a device someday.
I don't see anything galling, facile, or disingenuous in what I said, which was a simple statement of fact.
There is nothing in this patent that is inconsistent with the stated goal of allowing the device owner to be notified and protected if somebody steals or hacks the device. While sequestering the user's data and disabling the phone is one response option, another is just to send a text to the owner. And that while "jailbreak" sounds like something some owners would want to do, a jailbreak initiated by a hacker without the user's permission is maybe not so appealing. This technology could be misused for nefarious ends, but that just puts it in the not-so-exclusive company of essentially every other technology ever invented.
The EFF leaps from a patent describing what a device could do to assuming things about Apple's plans and stating those imagined plans as fact. The article also claims Apple quietly filed for this patent while users were "celebrating the new jailbreaking and unlocking exemption;" In fact, of course, the application was filed more than a year before those exemptions were granted. Talk about disingenuous...
Nor is the assertion that Apple did this "quietly" honest - there is absolutely no reason they couldn't have done all of this (most of which is completely possible with existing mobile phones) without filing a patent, which inherently exposes it to exactly the kind of public attention this one has gotten. How is that "quiet"?