It’s widely known that artists and entertainers don’t like for audience members to record their performances. Now, Apple has introduced a new game plan to put an end to this practice.
Apple has been granted a patent that would allow the company to disable photo and video capturing on users smartphones in places that have no interest in public media coverage. Initially filed in 2011, the patent details how the iPhone is able to detect an infrared signal in order to receive information. In an effort to reduce bootleg footage at concerts or exclusive events, this new type of data transfer would prohibit concert-goers from photographing or filming at these events.
The signal would be programmed to disable any photography and recording for as long as the signal is on or in a specific location.
“In some embodiments, a device may apply a watermark to detected images as an alternative to completely disabling a recording function. For example, a device may receive infrared signals with encoded data that includes a command to apply a watermark to detected images. In such an example, the device may then apply the watermark to all detected images that are displayed or stored (e.g., single pictures or frames of a video).”
In addition to restricting some of the iPhone’s capabilities, the infrared signal could also be used to display information about objects at places like a museum.
“An infrared emitter can be located near an object and generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes information about that object. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and display the information about the object to the user,”
This new development doesn’t come as a huge surprise, since the tech brand has been heavily marketing Apple Music these past few years. It’s safe to say that this was a simple chess move that may not even be put to use, but you can expect that Apple has something far greater up its sleeve.