Want to record a live concert or a movie in a theater? You won’t be able to do it on your iPhone

Apple patents to block iPhone camera
Apple patents to block iPhone camera

Apple has just patented a technology that can stop you from recording concerts and other events that are not supposed to be recorded. So if you have an iPhone you will no longer be able to record live concerts or movie scenes while you are watching a movie in a theater.

How will Apple stop you from recording at live concerts and other sensitive locations? It will disable your camera.

It’s not that Apple will be disabling your iPhone camera from the remote location automatically. The patented technology will allow venues to use an infrared beam to disable your iPhone or iPad camera, preventing you from taking videos and photos.

Is it good or bad? Should Apple be able to block your iPhone or iPad camera while you are attending a live show or a live concert? It depends on whom you ask.

Many people who attend such shows say that people recording the shows on their iPhones and other mobile phones become a nuisance because they raise the phones above their heads and block the view of the people standing behind them.

You must have faced the same nuisance when you are attending one of your kids’ school functions and the parents wanting to take videos and photographs stand in front of you trying to make videos or take shots. They don’t allow people who simply want to enjoy the show watch it.

The patent text explains, “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.”

Such technologies can be like double-edged sword. What if people start using this camera-blockers everywhere? Suppose you need to record something as evidence but you cannot? What if some police brutality is taking place and you cannot make a video using your iPhone?

Personally I feel this technology isn’t going to work. Whether people want to record or not should be left to people. I wouldn’t like to use a phone whose functionality can be controlled by some infrared device. Of course if I make videos during a live concert it can be a nuisance but people should be educated against such acts rather than forcibly blocking the cameras on the iPhones or other mobile phones.

About Amrit Hallan
Amrit Hallan is the founder of TechBakBak.com. He writes about technology not because "he loves to write about technology", he actually believes that it makes the world a better place. On Twitter you can follow him at @amrithallan

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