Apple files patent for camera control at concerts
All this year, buyers and analysts have been waiting with bated breath for details concerning this year’s hotly anticipated update to Apple’s iPhone lineup. The iPhone 7 is rumored to be released in September, following Apple’s notoriously routine schedule of updates. While many analysts and experts say that major changes are being saved for the 10th anniversary model next year, we’re also sure that Apple will provide the usual range of features that as Tim Cook says, “you didn’t know you needed”.
In the midst of all this frenzy, tech journalists and researchers are keeping a close eye on Apple patent filings, for clues about what the 7 could have in store. One minor patent request that could lead to some major news down the pipe concerns a radio frequency control technology for smartphones. If integrated into a phone, the system would allow an external control device to switch off the smartphone’s camera capabilities temporarily.
While Apple haven’t given any details away at this point, we’re all pretty sure we know what this means. In the wake of more and more complaints about smartphones at concerts, it’s a clear attempt to find a way to make people put those phones away. That’s great news for concertgoers, but it’s also a major ethical conundrum for us all to work through.
Sure, this control feature might allow us to enjoy our favorite musicians in a way that’s unimpeded by phone-wavers in front of us, but concerns have been raised that the technology could also be used by hackers or malicious government entities, especially in authoritarian countries like China where free speech and social media platforms are closely censored.
It’s all up in the air at this point, but we’ll be watching with bated breath to see where this all leads!