Apple now has the patent for a technology it created, which disables iPhone cameras with the help of special infrared sensors during events like concerts to stop people from making videos of the gig. “An infrared emitter can be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command,” the patent reads, according to The Guardian.
According to the multinational company, the new technology can also be used to beam information to several phones simultaneously, when in the same place. Among several instances where the technology can be put to use, museums and art exhibits find mention in Apple's elucidation of their feature. It suggests that an infrared emitter could be placed next to a display at a museum or an exhibition, and visitors could get information about the it by holding their smartphone close enough so that it catches the information beamed with the help of the infrared emitter.
The company filed for the patent of the technology in 2011, reported BBC.