Apple has been granted a patent for a camera tech that can prevent an iPhone or an iPad to capture an image or record videos during the live concerts or at the classified facilities . The technology called ‘camera detecting infrared signal’ will allow facilities where video recording or image capturing is prohibited to turn on a specific signal that will eventually block the iPhone cameras. Also Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 croreAlso Read - Apple iOS 15, iPadOS 15 beta 4 released: What’s new, how to download
The same camera blocking signals can be installed at the live concerts or some other events where the organizers may not want their content to be captured or leaked to the social media. Those trying to take images in areas with such jamming signal turned on will get a notification stating that this feature is temporarily disabled.
“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,” Apple explains the technology in its patent filing.
Apple’s new technology also allows the devices to add a watermark to detected images as an alternative to blocking the recording function altogether. “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),” Apple further explains.
Even though Apple may never roll out this camera technology, but is certainly going to irk several Apple users. But looks like Apple had wanted this technology for a very long time. The company had applied for this patent in 2011, and it took roughly five years to secure it.