Steve Job’s Apple is set to revolutionize the traditional door key with introduction of a hi-tech alternative nicknamed the ‘iKey’.
People can stop carrying around keys, and instead use a single electronic device to unlock their car, front door and gain access to their office.
The 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.
It is speculated that the next model of the iPhone will contain this feature.
The application states: “The device can communicate with an external device to open a lock. By way of example, the electronic device may be a model of an iPhone.
“The external device may be any suitable electronic device such as a portable media player, personal data assistant or electronic lock that may be used to access a door, car, house or other physical area.”
If granted, the application filed at US Patent house will offer Apple legal protection from other companies copying its ideas and technology.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, said: “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it.
“We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”