Unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image

  • US 7,657,849 B2
  • Filed: 12/23/2005
  • Issued: 02/02/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/23/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of controlling an electronic device with a touch-sensitive display, comprising:

  • detecting contact with the touch-sensitive display while the device is in a user-interface lock state;

    moving an unlock image along a predefined displayed path on the touch-sensitive display in accordance with the contact, wherein the unlock image is a graphical, interactive user-interface object with which a user interacts in order to unlock the device;

    transitioning the device to a user-interface unlock state if the detected contact corresponds to a predefined gesture; and

    maintaining the device in the user-interface lock state if the detected contact does not correspond to the predefined gesture.

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