Apple's New Patent on Camera Usage

Apple's patent, which will allow them to use infrared signals to block the iPhone camera at certain venues to prevent malicious reproduction of...
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    Apple filed a patent request to make technology that could block an iPhone's camera from being used at certain places and events and also to provide guided tours at museums, several years ago in 2011. Now after 5 years, Apple finally had their patent approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

    Artists such as Kate Bush, Zooey Deschanel, and Adele have publicly voiced their displeasure of audience photography at their concerts, and Apple's patent aims to prevent such occurrences by blocking the iPhone's camera at certain venues, with an official statement saying "For example, an infrared emitter can be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited, and the emitter can generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes commands to disable the recording functions of devices. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device's recording function based on the command."

    Apple's patent describes that their system will work off of an infrared data transmission. Camera's can typically detect visible light, but does not receive any type of data transmission from it and Apple is set to change that. The infrared devices will be placed around the venue, and once it detects your iPhone, it will then emit a signal and render your device's camera useless. This will work through the infrared device sending an encoded message to your device, your device will then decode the message, and disable its camera.

    On the bright side of this horrendous patent from Apple, they will also be creating a system which will display information and give guided tours throughout museums. Apple has spoken with museums about this and it appears a large majority are on board with the idea. It's said that when you get near and object, your phone will display information about that item to let you know what you're looking at and give detailed information on the object. This new system will also be based off of the infrared system previously mentioned that aims to disable the camera.

    Apple went ahead and took it a step further and will also attempt to place the infrared system in stores. Information about the product will be displayed before you on your device along with a price tag. Apple will allow you enable, disable, and set configurations for the infrared systems placed in museums and stores, but likely not in concert venues and other such places.


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  1. bak0n
    people will jailbroken devices will find a way to remove this feature completely
  2. Elementalize
    I'm so happy I picked up a Samsung instead.
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  3. One X
    Oh great, Apple wants to control how people function. What else is new?
  4. XeXLosSantos
    Great, keep adding to the list of reasons to not buy a IOS device.
    This, and the fact that Apple stops pushing IOS updates to older devices (Like iPhone 4S not getting IOS 10) and then all the applications on the app store need a later IOS to be downloaded. Don't get me wrong, they design very nice and premium looking devices and software, but it's their marketing bullsh*t that ruins them.

    This is why I'll always stick to android. My old android running 2.1 could still go into the app store and download YouTube even tho I'm not on the latest Android 6.0.
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  5. goss34
    I bet certain people will use this technology to disable peoples phones by adjusting how the emitter works.
  6. Xolitude
    To be honest, I've owned both Apple and Android devices. Android is honestly trash in all aspects, Apple only has better security and runs a bit faster but this BS.
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    2. Scarlett Johansson
      iOS devices freeze and lag way more than Android devices. Apple devices also die quicker. Explain how the Android OS is "trash in all aspects".
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    3. bak0n
      Android has better customization options, also if a android device is running slow try overclocking and not having a stupid amount of apps open. there are many more reasons why android is better than IOS and vise versa
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    4. Xolitude
      I'm sorry, I just simply disagree. In my experience of owning 3 Androids in year and 2 iPhone's in 4 years, roughly.
  7. 3xTiNcT
    Well that's lame...
  8. X Delta X
    Once this gets implemented, Cops are going to find a way to use it for their advantage so that they can continue doing what they do best and the great thing is that they won't have to worry about be recorded if people are using the IPhone
  9. Scarlett Johansson
    Another reason not to buy iOS devices.
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  10. Onlineweare
    The real worry for me is if someone gets this emitter and uses it anywhere they want.