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

0. phoneArena posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:59

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…

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posted on 10 Oct 2012, 23:13 1

64. andynaija (Posts: 971; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


posted on 10 Oct 2012, 23:21

65. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:29 10

9. young0ne (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)

This is why i don't own a apple device . I'm sick of this company trying to control a device that you bought. I thought that if you buy something you own it and can do what you please. not oh you bought the phone from us but we still control what you can do on it.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:31 9

10. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

WOW. Just wow. Taking a minute to let that settle... Yeah, there's no way to spin this into a good light. Where are the apple faithful on this one? It starts with some gov't excuse for increased security, and spreads to concerts, schools, etc. Who knows where it stops?

Perhaps now the sheep can see why so many cannot stand apple's actions as a company? Probably still wishful thinking.

All I have to say is that I hope, by apple patenting this, it will NEVER sneak its way into other platforms.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:48 5

13. Aeires (unregistered)

As long as the camera still functions, it's not completely a hopeless cause. Police forces are cracking down on being filmed because Big Brother has been doing more and more shady operations. It'll be a dark day when all recording capabilities are blocked because they can do whatever they want with much less restrictions and accountability.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:39 6

30. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Camera would be the first function to shut down. Can you imagine if the Rodney King beating video hadn't occurred? Welcome to 1984 in 2012.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 12:45 2

45. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Always enjoy reading your comments DXD. This one is a very interesting thought. Let's just say I'm happy things happened when they did.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 17:55

58. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I try to post thought-provoking comments. Some times I am more successful than other times.

Back to the article, I predict a market will develop for older 'obsolete' phones that are not susceptible to the new, blocking 'features'. Nothing like having to balance 'security' (secure from malware) against security (secure from 'official' malware), eh?

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:26 4

27. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

I was wondering what would Ray S. and John V. would say about this ?
probably we will have a week full of coverage here on PA, telling people how the new MAGICAL feaure can help you in your everyday life.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:39 9

11. Savage (unregistered)

Apple should fix the problems their iPhone 5 caused first! Spending money on this BS will do them no good. I hope this is invalidated soon.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:16 5

24. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

invalidated... yeah just like rounded corners.. with US patent system its never gonna happen. rotten apple

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:44 6

12. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

That's why point-n-shot and DSLR camera rules. Phone-camera is not that good anyway but it's good to have it, for in case that you needed it and because it is not that effective.

Most Android smartphone has MicroSD card slot and you will enjoy this feature more than an iPhone. Because it is an iCrapps.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:48 5

14. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

Apple innovation at its finest!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:51 5

16. medicci37 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

As far as apple is concerned. You can never have 2 much control over your devices. & the sheeple who buy them

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:03

18. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

I like the idea. Drug dealers call and warning others on drug bust or people talking on cellphones during a movie. It got its point good and bad.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:06 3

19. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

"Smart" part of the iphone is disabled by default. This patent allows them to disable the "phone" part of it... now iphone = plain dumb...

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:12 3

20. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Apple users will still be buying Apple products no matter what Apple decides to restrict there products.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:25 10

26. Android (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Dec 2010)

I am glad I don't have an iPhone. Apple can keep that patent and control their users.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:37 5

29. marchels14 (unregistered)

apple = Skynet, cant anybody see the similarities ,now apple wants more control of technology ,people and power. also they could control all the other phone manufacturer phones with this, and who is the looser in this new apples technological innovation the costumer is because of less freedom we have with this,its my phone i can do with it what i want no what governmental and apple wants, switching my camera and microphone on and of when the want, controlling my life, disabling my camera at concerts and other events, cant i have images and videos that i was there.this is the stupidest and biggest violation of privacy and freedom of speech ever.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:58 5

31. Mohtastic (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 May 2011)

Apple is buying out any patent it wants, trying so hard to build a future that apple, loyal followers, worshippers, i lined up once for the iphone 5, it was cult like, and reading this its making it clear that apple wants and will try to control their cult, its almost as if we don't own our devices, they own us. Android and WP never looked better. Side note, its funny how before owning an apple product you were viewed as alternate and everything else is mainstream, 2012 owning an apple product is mainstream, showing up with anything else you are alternate.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 10:02 2

32. superguy (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

I'm sure this would be a very popular feature in Iran or North Korea.

I would be quite happy if Google "let" Apple keep that patent and not infringe upon it.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 10:59 3

34. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

owning apple product became main stream, because you have been controlled by apple. like u must use specific plug, adapter and soon, you hardly export any personal data entered, limited cutomization and tweaks. but, may for only user apple is enough, but for me as i almost an advanced user, i always found a thing or two that blocked some of my "action" over my system so i always want administrator rights with more risks than just became a "guest" or "limited" account (if in windows xp/vista/7) that often prevent/prohibit any customization which make things easier even with less risks, but i know the consequences.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 11:26 3

38. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4295; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 11:49

42. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

I have never gone to a concert in a military base neither I want to, glad to see the haters here, I for once am happy for this because people cannot live without their phone. I cross the Mexican border all the time and they are messages that clearly states "don't use you phone" and what do people do ... so instead of hating on Apple hate on those people that cannot go 5 minutes without their phone.. go out enjoy life and put your phone away..

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 12:04 6

43. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

lmao an apple troll telling people to go out and enjoy life, you lost sight of the real world ages ago mate

why are your comments always the most apple devoted crap on here

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 12:49 1

46. PhoneCritic (Posts: 822; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Think of the implication. Are we willing to sacrifice our liberties just for protection? This goes very deep. I really don't think this type of control is necessary. If I purchase a car neither Ford or GM should have the abilities to shut it down because I decide to run a stop sign. No I should suffer the consequences of my actions. The manufacture relinquishes all rights to the car once I exchange my financial resource for it. When I receive a Ticket Ford or GM does not pay for it? Why should Apple be able to control my device if they relinquish the rights to it after selling it to me in exchange for my cash? This is to BIG Brother.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 13:43 1

51. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

there are stupid people in this world. that's why... there are places when a cell phone is not permitted but people disregard that... you who what is going to be next.. driving and using the phone, I see that happening because of stupid people. to me that would be worse than this but give it a few years, I don't like any of this but it is what it is.. at least here in the States we are being more controlled than before.. btw I agree with you

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 15:30

56. PhoneCritic (Posts: 822; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

I understand what you are saying there will always be people who do stupid things. Like eating when driving or putting on makeup while driving not to say as you mentioned texting or talking on a cell phone while driving. People who engage in such activities should lose their licensing if caught for the infraction. Because we have become a society that relies more and more on our devices (sad but true) which hold our personal information, Pictures, Music, Videos contacts, mail, etc... The whole thing seems a little bit more personal almost like we are all being violated personally. I really hope that the US Patent office re-evaluates this patent and invalidates it. I believe the ACLU and others will have plenty to say about this.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 07:44

67. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

Wow, you will make a very good politician/pr person. You can make any bulls**t seem adible

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 14:04 2

52. darkdroid (Posts: 44; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)

dude think about it , its not about a company in single getting patents which shouldn't be granted .in ur case like this 1 and patent about shapes
ps- sorry to say but you really are brainwashed and biased no matter what ..

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