Apple granted patent that prohibits iPhones from taking photos at concerts, other sensitive locations

“One of the things that really spoils live concerts these days is that half the people there don’t seem to want to watch it live at all – they’d rather watch it through their phone screen, holding the device up and blocking the view of those behind them,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac. “This is a problem Apple is seeking to solve in a patent first applied for in 2011 and granted today.”

“The patent describes the camera detecting an infrared signal and interpreting the data,” Lovejoy reports. “One signal could be used to disable both still photography and video recording. The same approach could be used to prevent video recording in movie theatres, and to block photography in sensitive locations.”

“The same patent describes some more positive uses of the technology,” Lovejoy reports. “In a museum, for example, the system could be used to automatically display information about the object you’re viewing or photographing.

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MacDailyNews Take: Sounds intrusive. It’s like an advertisement for jailbreaking. That said, we’re all for disabling iPhones that attempt to shoot video in portrait.

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