The new patent, however, files these "life events" into two categories: mandatory and permissible. Your iPhone would be able to perform certain tasks independently in both mandatory and permissible mode, such as changing the ringer volume, managing software and powering up the device.
Mandatory mode, however, would place limits based on certain preset settings, such as a parent restricting their child from using their phone past a certain time. This restriction can only be broken if predetermined criteria is met, such as entering a password or waiting for a timer to expire. Any changes or restrictions triggered during permissible mode, comparatively, are optional after the phone has detected a certain "life event." For instance, the user may be presented with a list of options when entering a new location.
There's no telling whether or not this technology will turn up in your next iPhone, but it's just another indication of the direction the industry is headed. This isn't the first time we've heard of Apple delving into sensor-based technology. At the end of August, a patent described a situation- aware iPhone that performed functions similar to those described in this week's filing, but didn't utilize "life events" like the technology in the newer patent.