Jun 16 2011
By Fred Hoot - Google+
It was revealed today that Apple has the technology to selectively disable functions on the iPhone. Infra-red sensors would detect an iPhone and a signal would be sent to the iPhone to disable the camera function.
Apple applied for the patent over a year and a half ago, so this should not be new news. However, it is making headlines today.
This technology may have been developed so Apple could possibly use it as a bargaining chip in its negotiations with music and video companies for increasing iTunes sales. Apple may think that decreasing the videos taken by individuals and posted on YouTube will increase iTunes sales, although I don’t believe this is their motive; most videos recorded at concerts on mobile phones are usually shaky, poor quality, underexposed video with terrible sound.
Maybe Apple thought this feature would benefit concert promoters as they would not have to confiscate iPhones to prevent unauthorized recording. In fact, this function could also be used in other venues to prevent video recording, such as bathrooms and shower areas.
This technology could also be used by the TSA to prevent recording all those embarrassing “groping” videos that seem to spreading across the internet. Police officers could also use it to prevent perps from recording their own arrests.
Ultimately, this technology could be used to turn off both the camera and the internet access by government censors.
There is no word from Apple if the code is already present inside the iPhones and iPads just waiting for the proper IR code to arrive.
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