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Apple’s New Patent Can Disable iPhone Cameras at Live Events

The latest patent obtained by Apple may have implications for event goers.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved an application Apple originally submitted in 2011 which essentially focuses on unique technology that is capable of disabling iPhone cameras within venues or certain areas.

In the application, Apple describes the technology, and illustrates its use by blocking concert goers from taking photographs and filming at live shows.

As explained by Tech Insider, the technology would be within a transmitter and use infrared signals. Who ever is in control of the transmitter will point the device in a specific direction and it will automatically disable the mobile device’s camera.


It also has the ability to insert a watermark onto photos or alter them before they’re even taken. The idea is to prevent people from taking unauthorized photos from venues where it might be prohibited – something many musicians including Adele have vouched for.

Could you imagine if Rogers Arena or other local venues opted in for this?

Fortunately, the odds of that happening are very low.

People who follow Apple know the company files dozens of patent applications weekly, and rarely do they implement any of them commercially.

The move also wouldn’t align with Apple’s recent stand for privacy rights.

Ironically, most would likely agree that it would be nice to attend a Vancouver concert with people soaking in the show live as opposed to recording the whole thing on their phone.

You can learn more about the patent here.

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