Like recording live shows with your iPhone? A new patent granted to Apple details a new method of shutting down such behavior without the owner’s consent, raising concern about the possibility of the technology being used for censorship. The patent, which Apple acquired Wednesday, describes an iPhone camera design capable of receiving infrared signals in order to prevent the illegal recording of events such as concerts.
“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,” the patent says. “An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command.” READ MORE