Apple patent could allow companies and the Gov't to shut down your smartphone in certain areas

Apple patent could allow companies and the Gov't to shut down your smartphone in certain areas
Apple has just been granted a controversial patent that would allow the Government and companies to shut down services on our phone in a certain area. The patent dubbed "Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device" makes this geographical restriction of a phone possible entirely wirelessly.

"Covert police or government operations may require complete "blackout" conditions," is one comment to the patent application.

And while it’s clear that the patent could actually help the military in foreign operations, doubts remain that this could be used by companies and police to shut down users for whatever they decide. Imagine going to a concert and having camera blocked on all iPhones in the area - no pictures, no video recordings. That seems like ignoring the first amendment, and we expect to see it challenged by rights advocates.

Tim Pool, one such activist, explains all the ramifications this could have, so don’t hesitate to check out the video below and hit the source link to see it all about the patent.

source: USPTO via Business Insider



1. No_Nonsense unregistered

So now I'll get to use my phone as per Apple's wishes? What is exactly wrong with USPTO and Apple?

39. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

OK I have been hated on by a lot of users for bashing Apple BUT... I was wrong... Apple is not rotten, its FU*KED to its core! Side with this iSh33p (you better not) or I will post the crap out of you! WTF??!!! why even do this? I cant go to a concert with my friends and record vidz of having a great time anymore? I am not bashing but sincerely asking what the hell is wrong with Apple? And I know no matter what the iSh33p are going to rush to Apple's defense! Man I am asking the fellow iphone users, in all honesty do you think that you want your device for which you paid top dollar to be controlled by Apple or anybody for that matter??? It doesn't matter what device you have, which platform you run and which company you support...this is unreasonable for all smart device users...PERIOD! I have been called an Apple hater but what do you expect me to do after this? Love Apple? Embrace it? Build a giant freakin Apple monument in Times Square??!!! Twiiter, Facebook and all of social media will suffer because of this and not only for consumers but business will lose a lot of money which depend on social media for outreach. If you call me a hater then watch me hate Apple as it is the only justified emotion one can feel especially after this patent! Apple concentrated on patents alone and it shows in the new iPad and iPhone 5...nothing revolutionary came out in these products...both were just the same thing repackaged...hey at least when Steve Jobs said the word revolutionary he would deliver on it! For once it would be nice to see a leading commpany like Apple change its game, focus on quality and dojustice to the legacy of Steve Jobs!

41. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

i agree with you and given the things apple been doing its perfectly okay to hate apple.

48. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

thanks! man try to reason with the iSh33p and you get banned on PA...they go crying like little girls complaining and reporting your comments...typical iSh33p!

59. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

ONE WORLD ORDER.........HENCE THE "I" in the iphone, its all about a false union...and CONTROL!! its not rocket science.........its just prohpecy and their nano chips are apart of the me

44. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

The answer according to Apple will be YES. Why Apple Why. You really don't like us your fans to enjoy any lil bit of freedom we have, now all of us are gonna start jail-breaking our phones. iOS don't give us freedom to download music unless if it's from iTunes, can't use any browser as a default, but Safari, now this, come on, you're chasing us away to Android, cos we loved you due to fluid iOS, now with Project Butter, Android is there, you really want us to stop buying Apple products cos this is the extreme, maximum security, what's next? Blocking my phone if I eat meat? Now I can see another Samsung ad mocking Apple At a concert, a guy is screaming and taking a video of himself and his friends, and next to them is guys with iPhones with no camera functionality at all and they all envy Galaxy boy.

47. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

hey slim you're an apple user right? I am glad you can see through Apple's gimmicks. I mean I get it androids dont like Apple users and vice versa BUT this isnt about that. This is about the ethical implications that come with the patent. I mean no matter which company you are you cant control customers...that;'s bloody tyrany!!! Its ironic really! Androids are supposed to be part human and part machine...intelligent but controllable. But its Apple who is trying to make real androids out of their customers by putting a leash on their use!

63. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Let's see how this could be used (forget concerts, that's lightweight stuff): - Against any of the Occupy Movements; - Against protesters in the Middle East; - By oppressive regimes in China (or in the West when they pop up) Can you imagine what J. Edgar Hoover, Nixon, Judge Dredd -- oh, wait, never mind about him... My question is, can't the cell phone companies do this already? How is this patent different from killing a few towers or disconnecting a given line temporarily?

66. Hemlocke unregistered

Go read the patent. This is for people who bring their phones into areas where sensitive information or equipment may reside. iOS and Android handsets can be shut down remotely, but this is a selective outage to protect sensitive areas, such as ops staging areas, military facilities, etc.

2. Mohtastic

Posts: 19; Member since: May 24, 2011

Apple your becoming TOO controlling

8. Seymur unregistered

Overly Attached Apple

33. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

welcome to magical iWORLD where you have the right to remain silent.

36. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

welcome to the iworld where you have the right to have no rights

15. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

thats the reason i HATE APPLE with all my heart n soul because they want to turn everybody into an islave.

17. No_Nonsense unregistered

This is a comment that makes sense.

22. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

thanx and yesterday that comment was not for you. thats was for xperianexus.

25. No_Nonsense unregistered

Read it but in any case I was right. That phone doesn't have a projector.

28. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

yup but he was bashing samsung without a reason. any way sorry about being a bit over the line. enjoy.

21. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Alex Jones warned about this ....its happening

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No they just want your money like any other company.

37. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

i have to disagree bro. They want more than just money. They want to control people`s lives. They want to eliminate competition by hook or crook. But its never gonna happen. sooner or later Apple will come down one day.

40. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I knew it! You are in too! Darrkkkhhhh jedi!!! This is not Star wars, this is earth, home to humans...we don't need Apple to take over.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And your one of them. Not us.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

For the freedom and OS users, they neven and never will, unlike few in here, and there and every-where.

3. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Apple bloody transgender.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Is this some kind of Apple revolution coming?? And the Government is with them? What is the world coming to?

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Try using your cellphone when the motorcade for the POTUS is moving. The technology to disable cellphones was developed in response to IED attacks in Iraq. Unless Apple led this effort, I suspect they will have some problems with invalidity.

6. intos

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

greedy companies belongs always to greedy gov's !!

7. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

They can't get enough of control iPhones and other apple products on how people can use them, but now they feel its OK to control any cell phone Apple can't ban from the US. Using the government to help aid them in how we are told when and where we can use our cell phones and other high tech devices. This will not go well.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Apple has total control of there users.

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