Back in 2011, Apple filed a patent for technology that would allow infrared signals to disabling your iPhone from taking pictures and videos at concerts or other sensitive locations. When the news surfaced, a lot of people got worried about freedoms of press and expression. Now, the patent has been approved.

If the patent eventually gets implemented, if Apple makes their future camera’s infrared sensible, and if venues get equipped with special transmitting devices, your iPhone could soon be displaying “RECORDING DISABLED” when you try to capture imagery of your favorite performer.


The technology would mean a certain indemnity towards artists – and concertgoers – who are bothered with today’s excessive smartphone usage. Plus, it’s a hell of a lot easier than disabling or taking away each phone separately upon entrance, and infinitely more reliable than just asking iPhone users to not take pictures at area’s where photography is prohibited.