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U.K. newspaper says that Apple is devising a way to disable your camera automatically at live events

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U.K. newspaper says that Apple is devising a way to disable your camera automatically at live events
A report in a British newspaper says that in order to protect concert promoters and those with exclusive broadcast rights to a concert, Apple is working on a way to automatically disable your iPhone's camera. The camera would remain locked until you leave the venue where a live event is being held. A patent for the technology was allegedly filed by the tech giant in 2009, according to the report. Even though the camera on the phone would not work, you would be able to make a phone call or send and receive text messages.

Those worried that Apple might actually do something like should take a deep breath. The story was reported by The Sun in the U.K. which is a tabloid style paper. If something like this ever were to come true, it could open a Pandora's box of legal and ethical questions. And what could something like this lead to next? Would Apple disable your phone automatically whenever you stepped into a movie theater?

According to The Sun, there is a financial reason for Apple to prevent concerts from being filmed. If the Cupertino-based firm can prevent iPhone users from illegally filming concerts, they can then negotiate with record labels to sell the content on iTunes. What do you think? Would there be an ethical and moral problem with Apple controlling the workings of your Apple iPhone automatically and without your permission? Leave us a comment below-we want to know what you are thinking!

source: TheSun

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posted on 17 Jun 2011, 00:57 6

1. Sniggly (Posts: 6839; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The problem is, despite this being published by the Sun, I still believe this story to be plausible.

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 18:33 1

30. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


i dont see why it would be worth it to apple. the cost to create and implement this idea would probably higher than the profits it could make from the concert. and the second issue is how will the phone know youre at that concert? obviously GPS comes to mind as well as tower triangulation as a backup but if your phone has location turned off or cant connect to the satelite then the reliability of this goes way down possibly causing innocent iphones not at the concert but a neighboring area to be affected as well causing customer service complaints. Then theres the whole Airplane mode being activated before you arrive to fly in under the radar just as long as you keep it on for the event. Then theres all the jailbreaking possibilities.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 01:14 3

2. dimo (unregistered)


That's OK. iSheeps deserve that.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 01:22 3

3. Haixin (unregistered)


I'm not surprised, Apple will do everything they can to get whatever control they can, Something tells me though, they are working rapidly towards making the same mistake the made last time and will eventually shoot themselves in the foot but this time when they crumble, they won't be coming back. And actions like these say it all. It's a company that has no standards of ethics themselves, and if you are expecting them to be ethical to its consumers then wake up and smell what your shovelling.
Control is good, TOO much control is a BAD thing.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 01:24 3

4. wumberpeb (Posts: 426; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


what do i think, the article asks? f&$! apple, thats what i think

you can control what goes into the phones you make, and thats where it ends. to hell with a company, apple or otherwise, who would try to control something of this nature after their phone leaves the store. i guarantee theres already an existing example, one that showcases another company, that parallels this story, but they escape me at the moment...

And I wont lie...i hate the idea no matter the company, but the fact thats its almost predictably an apple type of move, it pisses me off even further

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 18:35

31. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


there was that whole iphone issue of your location being compromised without knowledge not that long ago.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 01:53 3

5. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Its a tabloid people. Stop taking it seriously. Of course it sounds plausible, that's how they sell issues. Smh. Have a brain.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 01:56

6. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


well put, but of course android the android pose would take it seriously, LOL

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 09:15 2

16. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This was on Engadget last month...check the source...

http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/02/apple-camera-pa tent-could-stop-smartphone-bootleggers-in-their-t/

Its an actual Apple patent...

See, this is what happens when you either:

A. Already know the story

B. Do some fact checking

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 09:22 2

19. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Correction, it was on Engadget June 2nd..

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 09:17 2

17. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Its an actual Apple patent...

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 02:15 5

7. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Yeah, I wouldn't take this top seriously. Think about it people! Disabling your camera in certain places would be like making a "Smart" phone with no flash, no ability to download third party apps, or ability to use certain features unless connected to wifi. Now what company would do those kinds of things to their customers???

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 02:40 3

8. PhoneLuver (Posts: 466; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


This is a ridiculous feature/restriction if it's true! Is this still a democracy, because this sounds like censorship to me!

Time to dust off the ol' Digital cam 'ey?

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 03:04 1

9. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


That's exactly why this isn't true, because people still use digital camcorders and such for live events more than phones. And just because people own digicams. That and ...IT WAS PUBLISHED BY A TABLOID! the British equivalent of the enquirer. If the national enquirer published this then no one would say anything. They'd laugh and move on. Pay attention people. Why would anyone of you entertain the idea of this being true? Is it because its about Apple and if the tiny chance that its true comes to pass then its more ammo against them? I don't want to believe that. I want to believe that not every one is a mindless isheep or fandroid, that most readers are level headed like sniggly nor Lucas regardless of what product they're a fan of. So please stop being stupid and pay attention to what's printed and don't believe everything you read. Don't know why im playing intermetinternetsavior tonight. Lol

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 03:39

11. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Geez man, relax! Nobody is being stupid, it's not really much of a stretch for apple to restrict a feature on it's OS. So it's just funny that the camera would be suggested as being their next restriction. No one is really taking this serious.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 08:20 1

13. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


I'm good man. Lol I was laughing at myself in my last post. Don't you think it would be ironic for me to take this seriously when im ranting about taking things seriously. However, e few people have taken this seriously...unfortunately. Take the next post for example.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 13:32

28. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I know you were just trying to head off the war of words that usually follows an article like this. For that, you get a +1 my friend.

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 18:39

32. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


If the patent was implemented to prevent your iPhones camera from taking pictures based on the content it was trying to capture then i would say that validates your claim. however this is more related to copyrights and licensing rights of the musicians performing, their record company, and sponsers of the event. Dont get me wrong though Ill be just as upset if this patent goes into affect.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 04:43 1

12. Meletios (unregistered)


Just to add to this...Apple have actually filed a patent on this technology...so not all smoke, remains to be seen if they implement it and then ...well nothing just means one more neck collar on iSheeps

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 09:19 1

18. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


THANK YOU!

Its an actual Apple patent...this was on Engadget June 2nd.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 08:40 1

14. 100%AppleFree (unregistered)


LOL it would be funny if this is actually true and cause Apple will FALL AND stupid iSheep will cry hahahahaha. This won't happen though because A HUGE lawsuit will follow just like those location services.
-Don't buy Apple, it's surely crapple.
-----100% Apple Free since 2009.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 09:04

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


and if there where to fall tomorrow what where you to do? you think that making apple disappear is a solution, but its just another problem.... one worst that what your sight will ever see...

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 09:24 2

20. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Apple did file a patent for this. Will they use it? Who knows. What worries me is if other manufactures will try to use it if Apple follows thru with this.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 11:05 4

21. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


I'm getting an Android...

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 11:39

24. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


yea get a mytouch so you can slowly start to learn android without confusing yourself

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 11:28

22. Mr. Chao (unregistered)


Everyone here is a Fackin Re-tard!!!

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 12:07 1

25. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


hello gayboy!!!

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 13:12 1

27. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


So if they replace this article with an article showing the actual Apple patent.....would that make all of us un retarded?

I know its in a tabloid....but it is true. All that remains is if Apple uses it in their devices.

This is one thing I hope NOBODY copies from Apple....

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 11:34 1

23. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Apple also has patents to reach into your iPhone, take pictures with front and rear cameras, record with the mic or record calls, and even take biometric readings from the device and totally shut it down. That's more if you are using a jailbroken iPhone, though.

It's not what Apple IS doing, or even what they might do, but what they COULD be doing that's scary.

I wonder if RIM will file a lawsuit against Apple for this. Blackberry Enterprise Server administrators have had the ability to shut down cameras via GPS for years now, but it's been more of a security thing.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 12:41 1

26. yobuddy7 (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


This is just another inevitable sign of the end of times. Apple/the world's government's take more steps each day in order to further control the world's population's actions; especially on the personal level. Heck, in 10 years the U.S. might make implanting GPS chips in babies a law.

-_-

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 16:34 1

29. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


How do they disable it? are they stealing your data to know if your recording at a concert? I will never trust apple again.

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 18:43 1

33. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


if they looked into your data like that im sure it would go before a court and be deemed unconstitutional. i would treat it like illegal search and seizure without a warrant.

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