Apple Wants to Block Your iPhone Camera at Concerts

Technology uses infrared signal to prevent filming events
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2011 1:09 PM CDT
Supporters use their cameras and mobile phones including an iPhone as they try to catch pictures of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in this July 2010 file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Apple has filed a patent on technology that could ensure you never see someone filming a concert or sporting event on an iPhone again. The technology would allow live event venues to install infrared transmitters that could trigger an infrared sensor in any iPhone held aloft within range, shutting off the camera, according to the Daily Mail. The paper speculates that the technology is designed to appease media companies who don’t want their concert footage scooped by phone-shot YouTube videos. The patent was apparently filed in late 2009, reports the New York Times.

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