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

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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32 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

30. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 273; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

2. dimo unregistered

That's OK. iSheeps deserve that.

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.

4. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 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

31. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 273; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

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

5. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

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

6. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

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

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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 storyB. Do some fact checking

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Correction, it was on Engadget June 2nd..

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Its an actual Apple patent...

7. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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???

8. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 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?

9. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

13. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

28. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

32. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 273; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

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

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

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.

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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...

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

21. Apple Fanboy unregistered

I'm getting an Android...

24. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

22. Mr. Chao unregistered

Everyone here is a Fackin Re-tard!!!

25. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

hello gayboy!!!

27. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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....

23. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

26. yobuddy7

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 14, 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. -_-

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