In an attempt to prevent iPhone users from recording live events on their handsets, technology major Apple is developing software that will temporarily disable the camera on the phone once an attempt to record a live event is discovered.
Essentially when a user points his iPhone camera at a live event, the handset will communicate with infrared sensors present at the event venue and will temporarily disable the video recording feature. However other functions like calling, texting etc will not be affected.
While the idea behind such software may not go down well with some iPhone users, Apple is likely draw kudos from broadcasters who pay the top buck for securing exclusive broadcasting rights. Further it opens up the possibility of a new revenue line where Apple charges its users for recording live events in collaboration with broadcasters.
Apple incidentally had filed the patent for this technology way back in 2009 and details have now emerged after a copy was obtained by The Times. While it is still not clear if Apple plans to incorporate the technology in its devices anytime soon, once implemented it is likely come as a relief for many concert goers who typically find their sights blocked by people attempting to record gigs.