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30 June 2016, 17:39
According to reports, Apple has patented the technology to disable iPhone cameras at music concerts.
We've all bought tickets to our favourite bands only to have our views obstructed by gig-goers trying to film the whole damn thing on their smartphones.
But, thanks to Apple, one of the biggest pet peeves at gigs could soon become a thing of the past.
According to Stereogum, Apple have patented the technology to both interact with, and disable iPhones at concerts.
This could change everything.
As the document details, their patent covers "systems and methods for receiving infrared data with a camera" and also the capability to disable said cameras in areas where "video capture is prohibited".
The patent further explains: "In some embodiments, a device can, based on received infrared data, disable a function of the device. 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."
We still need to work out how to stop those pesky kids on Android, though...