iPhone patent approved to block photos, videos at concerts

The patent will allow iPhones to receive infrared signals that will temporarily disable the recording function

A patent has been approved for iPhones that would temporarily disable the camera during concerts.

CUPERTINO, Cali. (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 it as the camera detecting an infrared signal and interpreting the data. One signal could be used to disable both still photography and video recordings.

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. If a user selects the disabled record function, the screen may turn black to notify the user that it has been disabled.

(Courtesy United States Patent and Trademark Office)

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