Apple has patented an iPhone technology that could end up angering and alienating millions of the company’s fans.
Apple has “patented a technology that blocks the iPhone’s camera feature,” reports the U.K. publication The Telegraph.
The story continues, noting that Apple’s “invention would allow venues to use an infrared beam to disable photography on mobile phones, preventing people from taking videos and photos.
“The invention comes amid growing frustration that intimate live events are being spoiled by a sea of screens as visitors record videos in order to share them on social media.”
The article adds, “It is unclear whether Apple intends to apply the technology to the iPhone, as companies often patent inventions without using them, but clamping down on recording would be welcomed by many artists and venues.”