Apple fans, please convince me this patent is nothing to worry about

Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
I was surfing Youtube earlier and saw this:

Apple's wireless phone disabling patent

Essentially, the idea behind the patent is to allow disabling of camera phones in places where they're not supposed to be used anyway (like a courtroom or a movie theater or a concert arena) but according to the man who made the video, the language of the patent is a lot more invasive than that.

It's possible that the government already has this ability, but Apple applying for a patent on it seems rather icky.

What do the Mac (and PC) people around here think?
10/10/2012
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Mwar Mwar
See, I like apple product quality.

I despise apple. They kill smaller companies with lawsuits, sue EVERYBODY and patent the simplest things. And they're very proprietary and discourage anything that doesn't go with their OS.

This patent is for "crowd control." If anything, carry a regular camera around. I do.
10/10/2012
michael scofield michael scofield
I think the goverment has this ability already and hackers and am paranoid lol. i put a piece of tape over my laptop lens cause i feel like im being watched and I sometimes feel the same about my iphones front camera.
10/10/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
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Originally posted by Mwar
See, I like apple product quality.

I despise apple. They kill smaller companies with lawsuits, sue EVERYBODY and patent the simplest things. And they're very proprietary and discourage anything that doesn't go with their ... More
I agree with this. I love my Mac, iPad, and iPhone. Apple themselves? Not so much. They are very sue happy and think that they are the be all and end all of the world.
10/10/2012
Basalt Basalt
The patent isn't to disable your current phone's camera but a future Apple phone that is designed and built to be disabled. In other words, Apple can design a phone that Apple can disable--that's not news. Apple already designs their phones to do all sorts of things that don't necessarily benefit users but benefit Apple (like track you). Companies design features that limit users all the time, like DVRs that won't allow you to make copies, HDTVs that don't output a high-resolution analog signal, Blu-ray players that only play discs from the U.S., and cars that are programmed to prevent speeding faster than 129mph (or, for an extreme example, starter guns that are disabled from firing a real bullet). Of course, since there are few wireless network companies and few cell phone manufacturers, they can all decide to implement some feature in the name of "security" or "copyright protection" and users will have no recourse but to stop using all phones. Bottom line is that our civil rights don't include the right to use cellphones whenever and wherever we want.

But this patent has nothing to do with any ability the government already has to jam phones or intercept their signals. The government can't signal your phone to turn off because your phone is not programmed to accept such a signal. That's different from jamming your signal or destroying your phone.
10/12/2012
Abombadong Abombadong
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Originally posted by Mwar
See, I like apple product quality.

I despise apple. They kill smaller companies with lawsuits, sue EVERYBODY and patent the simplest things. And they're very proprietary and discourage anything that doesn't go with their ... More
Totally agree. I couldn't have said it better.
10/14/2012
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