∞ Apple patent to turn off cameras with infrared strikes a nerve

Last weekend we brought you news of a newly discovered patent that could render your camera useless in some situations, like at a concert venue. With infrared sensors installed at the venue, concert goers could find their cameras disabled as the sensors talk to software installed on the iPhone. TUAW’s Mike Rose posted his thoughts on the subject this morning.

None of this, however, means that it’s prudent to stand atop the slippery slope of external device controls and say “Looks like a nice ride down.” It’s easy to think, as I did when first reading the admittedly hyperbolic language of the petition, “Look, the iPhone is not the only camera in the world; professional bootleg videographers don’t use crappy cameraphones at all, protesters have many different kinds of phones and cameras at their disposal, and as soon as this capability gets rolled out people will simply jump to another platform to work around it.”

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