Apple Wants to Stop iPhone Photography at Concerts?

By Staff  |  06/28/2016

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These days, if you're at a concert or live events, you may notice that everyone's faces are buried in their phones or snapping photos, instead of enjoying the moment they're witnessing.

Well, Apple looks like they want to solve this.

According to 9to5Mac, the tech giant has been granted a patent for technology that would prevent iPhones from taking photos at concerts and/or other sensitive locations.

The patent describes the camera detecting an infrared signal and interpreting the data, and one signal could be used to disable both still photography and video recording.

"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," says the patent. "An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command."

The same patent can also be used to prevent video recording in places like a movie theater, for example.

There's also an upside to the tech, though. For example, while in a museum, the technology could be used to automatically display information about the object one is viewing or photographing.

"An infrared emitter can be located near an object and generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes information about that object. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and display the information about the object to the user."

Apple has yet to comment on new patent and/or when it could roll out.