Apple plans to switch off iphone camaras during live events

From The Times:

There was a time when the crowd at a rock concert was marked out by small flashes of fire emanating from cigarette lighters, waved in the air.

Now those pockets of light are more likely to emanate from the glowing screens of mobile phones, held aloft, as festival-goers take photos or video of their favourite bands.

But new technology being developed by Apple may mean that this may soon be at an end.

The Californian company has plans to build a system that will sense when a person is trying to film a live event using a mobile phone and automatically switch off their camera.

Introduction of the system would mean ticket-holders at events such as Glastonbury, Wimbledon or next year’s London Olympic Games, could be stopped from filming the occasion on their iPhone.

A patent application filed by Apple, and obtained by The Times, reveals how the software would work. If a person were to hold up their iPhone, the device would trigger the attention of infra-red sensors installed at the venue. These sensors would then instruct the iPhone to disable its camera.

Other features, such as the phone’s ability to make a call or send text messages, would not be affected.

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