Apple to disable camera functions at concerts

Diagram explaining Apple's patent that will disable recording at concerts



The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published 44 newly granted patents for Apple on June 28 and one of these patents could cause problems for concertgoers everywhere. One of the patents Apple filed for will allow them to integrate a sophisticated infrared system on all iOS cameras that would disable camera capabilities during concerts so that you’re unable to take photos or videos with their devices.

This sophisticated system would alter the way camera’s work forever by replacing their simple detecting imaging software with a system that not only detects images but also receives direct data communication from a transmitter through either visible or infrared light. This would allow the camera to receive and identify a variety of information that would then help it decide what action to take, such as telling your iPhone to disable video recording at a concert.

This feature would be able to serve a variety of different environments such as being your own personal museum tour guide where you can just point and shoot at an exhibit to get information on it, aid movie theaters in stopping the illegal filming of movies or stop artists from being photographed or videographed during concerts. According to PatentlyApple, Apple also makes it clear that this system would be able to serve customers in retail as well by giving them information on any item in the store such as prices, discounts and availability. The system could also be used to add a watermark to any photos or videos taken at specific locations, like at a zoo or theme park, to identify where the image was taken.

If Apple does indeed have plans to produce this infrared system, it’ll come to a relief for many artists in the music industry, such as Adele, who have publicly mentioned the issues they have with people filming and taking photos during their concerts because it “ruins the experience.”

“Could you stop filming me with that video camera? Because I’m really here in real life. You can enjoy it in real life rather than through your camera,” Adele said recently during one of her shows in Verona, Italy when she signaled out a woman in the crowd who was filming her. Adele asked her to put the phone down saying that she wanted her to really enjoy the show because “there’s lots of people outside that couldn’t come in.”

As of this moment, Apple has not responded to our request for comment.


Michelle Marchante is a guest contributor at The Buzz Insider and the Assistant Opinion Director at FIUSM. She is a writer, reader and filmmaking enthusiast. Currently, she is studying to get her degree in Broadcast Journalism and is also working on her second novel. Connect with her on Twitter @TweetMichelleM


Image retrieved from Apple/US Patent and Trademark office

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