iPhone patent approved to block photos, videos at concerts

CUPERTINO, Calif. (WDTN) – It’s been five years in the making but Apple has been officially granted a patent that will stop iPhones from taking photos and videos at concerts.

Apple first applied for the patent in 2011 and describes the patent it as the camera detecting an infrared signal and interpreting the data. 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. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command.

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