I suppose we can start referring to ‘unlocked’ iPhones as FreedomPhones. Why? Well, I guess you could say, “Dictatorship, there’s an app for that“:
The days of filming a live concert or sporting event on your iPhone may soon be a distant memory.
Apple is developing software that will sense when a smartphone user is trying to record a live event, and then switch off the device’s camera.
Anybody holding up their iPhone will find it triggers infra-red sensors installed at the venue.
These sensors would then automatically instruct the iPhone to shut down its camera function, preventing [any] footage from being recorded.
Only the iPhone’s camera would be temporarily disabled; other features, such as texting and making calls, would still work.
But wait, Mad Biologist, this is just about the illegal recording of private events, isn’t it?
Well, how long do you think it will be before your friendly local government decides to buy some of these things and flash them around political demonstrations? Maybe add some extra ‘functionality’ too, like shutting down the phone entirely or Teh Twitterz.
Steve Jobs, the Mad Biologist says this as a shareholder–and therefore your fucking boss–we are not happy about this. Figure out a different solution.