Apple’s mapped out a feature for the iPhone that would turn off the device’s camera if it detects you’re trying to video live events. It’ll use infrared sensors installed at concert venues to figure out when you’re trying to record, say, Lady Gaga at Madison Square Garden (Not that anyone would do that). Once it does, it’ll shut off the camera.
Big Cupertino may be trying to raise its standing with record companies, broadcasters and other entertainment businesses who object to home-made videos of their programming appearing on YouTube. (Which is interesting — Is this also another jab from Apple at YouTube-owner Google?)
Cnet points out that not every application of the technology is necessarily bad: Imagine walking through a museum and hearing details or seeing video about an exhibit as you walk past.
Of course, there’s a difference between turning information on and turning a gadget you paid good money for off. And I just don’t think all those entertainment companies are going to make a lot of friends when someone tries to shoot Katy Perry singing Friday (not that anyone would do that either) and their iPhone acts like a nasty aunt (“Put that thing down”).