CUPERTINO (CBS) — Apple’s latest patent describes a way to block the iPhone’s camera functions while at a concert, making it useless as a recording device.
iPhone users have been quick to weigh in.
“When I go to a great concert and the drum solo begins, I’m going to want to video it and see it again and again, and I think that’s my right,” iPhone user Virginia Grabowski said.
But Grabowski agrees that cell phones at concerts can be a problem.
“If I were the concert promoter, I certainly wouldn’t want the concert shown on every social media site if I was selling tickets for it,” Grabowski said.
Cell phone lights have been credited with adding to the ambiance of a show. But camera recording is often called a distraction or a rip-off of an artist.
Adele famously stopped her concert to call out a fan for recording it on a phone.
And metal vocalist Geoff Tate actually grabbed a fan’s phone out of his hand and threw it back in the crowd.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment, but the company’s patent would use infrared technology to temporarily disable camera functions at concert halls, museums or other places where recording is considered illegal or sensitive.