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Does Apple Really Want To Block Your iPhone During Concerts?



Could this be the end of iPhones blocking your view and taking photos during concerts? According to Stereogum, Apple has obtained a patent for a new technology which would disable your phone’s photography capabilities during a concert. How would it work? An infrared emitter would be send in areas when there is a concert, encoding data ‘that includes commands to disable the recording functions of devices’

I know our lives have considerably changed with the intrusion of technology and the omnipresence of photos, videos and selfies, but this doesn’t sound good to me, it looks like another way to control our lives, another way to step on our freedom. As Stereogum notices, there are many instances when cell phones have been very useful at documenting police brutality or other incidents, so imagine authorities using this infrared emitter in other areas than concerts?

I know we are already living in a Big Brother era because of the internet, I know that our liberty is just an illusion, but this new idea would be the next step into dystopia.

But hold on, according to Billboard and Jon Maples, a digital music consultant and former head of product for Rhapsody, we are not there yet:

‘We all saw how ferociously they went after the government for unlocking an iPhone. I can’t imagine them now releasing a technology that would block your phone. That really goes against the grain of what Apple stands for. Apple has always been about making technology as easy as simple to use as possible, especially with hardware. They just wouldn’t just disable you from the machine that you bought from them.’

Anyway, I have a tendency to think this is a complete inanity, as there would always be people who would find a way to block this infrared emitter, right?

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