Apple patents camera blocker

Apple has just filed a patent for a smartphone camera blocker, which basically shuts down a phones camera using infrared signals which tells the phone/camera that it isn't allowed to film and/or take pictures in that area. Obviously there would be very easy ways to get around this problem (like not buy an Apple phone or block the infrared sensor) but as stupid as this sounds it would make going to a live event much more enjoyable than having your view blocked by some moron holding up an iPad trying to record the entire event. The BBC has the full story.

The patent describes a smartphone camera receiving coded infrared signals beamed from emitters in public places.

The handset could then offer on-screen information or disable the camera functionality to stop pictures being taken.

One technology journalist said the technology could frustrate consumers.