Apple wants to ban use of iPhone at concerts
Technology giant Apple is gearing up to develop software that would allow it to disable the recording function on the iPhones of those attending concerts and sports events.
While the move will please concert organisers and broadcasters, it is unlikely to be a popular decision with consumers.
Details of a patent filed by Apple 18 months ago, was recently uncovered by the website Patentlyapple.
The software uses infrared technology to trigger transmitters installed at venues which would inform it of filming.
The camera feature on the phone would then be temporarily disabled but other functions, such as making calls or sending text messages, would still operate as normal.
Alternatively, a device featuring the software could possibly apply a watermark to images as an alternative to completely restricting filming in establishments such as art galleries, Patentlyapple said.
The patent also indicates that retailers could gain from the technology by using it to inform consumers of item details such as discounts, availability and price.