Apple granted patent that would enable disabling of cell phones by location

Apple granted patent that would enable disabling of cell phones by location
Imagine walking into an area deemed too sensitive for mobile devices, and voila, your device is rendered useless. There are some practical applications where this technology would be welcomed, like school testing environments or business executives worried about someone catching a sneak-peek at an unreleased product…hey wait a minute!!

There are some equally reasonable concerns against implementing this technology as well. If such mechanisms were put in place in the public domain, it would clearly prevent people from being able to record open events, such as during the Arab Spring, or at other political protests which are common around the world and a guaranteed right in the US.

Apple does lay out an even keeled point in favor of such technology:

That is hardly reassuring. Government installations already have the ability to shield RF signals in sensitive areas, so enhancing the ability to render devices completely unusable does have merit in that environment. 

But, justifying this technology based on the carelessness of someone who forgot to turn their ringer off at a wedding? That is about as weak an argument as you can get. And do not even get us started on the impact it would have on sneaking a look at the newest-yet-to-be-released gadgets out there!

source: Mashable


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47 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Maybe yet another reason not to buy iDevices?

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Could come n handy though bro

28. MeoCao unregistered

It makes me uncomfortable every time I hear the words Apple and patent together.

48. cheetah2k

Posts: 2221; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Finally, I can sit in a cinema and not have to worry about hearing that effing anoying stock iPhone ring tone...... Joy to the world!

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Another reason? I think that there already is bunch of reasons why not to buy Apple products.

9. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iCouldn't disagree more, iThink it's perfect for those who are used to and like being controlled. Apple is always looking to iNNovate.

18. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

funny you say that when you admitted to have an iphone… i guess you only mention that when you need to eh? I personally have an android phone, but, while I do sometimes criticize the os, I dont make such hypocritical statements about general users...

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

so you rather have APPLE SPY or TURN YOUR PHONE off while YOU'RE NOT looking?

29. metalpoet unregistered

Amen brotha!

33. DWillyEfect

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Why do you act like it's an either/or situation? They'll do both if that's what they want.

43. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I only use my iPhone 4 (sold the 4S - BIG profit) as a music player with DJ Pro by Algoriddm. And, any data I exchange, I only use wi-fi (like the good Lord, Our sAviOr and DiEty, Steve wanted us to use). So, there!

17. -POLICE-

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

True.... What is wrong with America, why are they letting, allowing Apple to patent what does not belong to them!

19. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Maybe because Apple is an American multinational corporation.

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

how do you know they did not create the technology? Do you have any indication that they didnt? Obviously since they were granted the patent they did in fact develop something or were the first to patent it...

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple PATENT the most riduculous stuff.

30. metalpoet unregistered

Apple thinks their special.....short bus special haha!

37. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

'they are' does not = 'their'

46. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

yeah like slide to unlock right

41. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Oh no! She passed out! Quick, call 911!!! Uhhh, i can't Apple turned off my iPhone and i cant turn it on!

2. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

apple is patenting everything. smh

3. cjo1992

Posts: 25; Member since: May 04, 2012

They can have this patent.

4. mihaidenis

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

And if u have an emergency call to made? Run like crazy to get an coverage area. Hmmm. Sounds not good for me. You buy a MOBILE phone for that=mobility. I'm not gonna buy a phone that somebody else can turn it off. God sake this is nonsense. Please Steve don't turn in your grave.

27. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I remember when this was brought up in 2000 and how countries like Japan has a system inplace where hospitals and certain public places would not have wireless signal. People in AMerica were saying the same thing if one needs to dial 911 how could we? Well I am sure in any faciliaties they have security and employees with phones. It is a real lame excuse to use 911 as and excuse. Seriously how many times has a d**khead ruin a movie, a meal, and such because they were using their bloody wireless phone? Hell if apple does not use the tech, here's hoping raytheon's electronic warfare suites would come into play. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Big Brother and all that crap...

7. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What I really need is foolproof way to keep my daughter from texting or calling while driving.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

GSM Jammer ?

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Didn't RIM file a patent for that?

21. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

yes-- it prevents the phone from texting while the phone is moving at a certain speed… it doesnt prevent all problems such as red-light texting and such though

26. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Plus, it doesn't distinguish between drivers and passengers. So, she wouldn't be able to text or call if I were driving.

10. EspHack

Posts: 70; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

exclusive for iDevices! wow im jealous

11. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

so iDevice now easy to bricked?

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