Apple can soon block you from recording at concerts
Apple has been granted their patent to be able to send infrared signals to stop iPhones from recording or taking photos.
The Patent describes
“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.”
Which means it can be used at concerts where these emitters can be located around the stage blocking you from recording or taking photos of the stage.
Another area where Apple says it can be used is at museums where the infrared emitters can be placed near an object to send out additional info about the object.
Apple also mentions it can block phones in sensitive areas, like people rights demonstrations? police brutality? We’ve seen a rise of recorded evidence since the rise of cameras on mobile phones where it has helped people to get justice by having a recording of what really happened. The patent talks about concerts and museums but what happens if this comes in the wrong hands and stops us from the freedom of recording the truth?