Japanese iPhone Deters Perverts

Loud 'shutter' sound cannot be disabled
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2008 11:10 AM CDT
Japanese Hitoshi Kajino shows off a box containing iPhone he bought at a Tokyo store Friday morning, July 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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(Newser) – The Japanese version of the iPhone 3G has one small difference from those sold elsewhere: the “shutter” sound it makes when the camera snaps a photo is always on, even when the phone is in silent mode, the Cult of Mac reports. The conspicuous sound is intended to discourage “upskirt” photos, a hot trend in Japan since the debut of high-res camera phones.