Apple patents tech that lets government disable iPhone video, camera and wi-fi

Apple has a patent to disable "one or more functional or operational aspects of a wireless device, such as upon the occurrence of a certain event." For instance, the patent states, "Covert police or government operations may require complete 'blackout' conditions."

Larry Press has posted example photos of police or government operations that would have benefited from a such a kill switch. (Via IP)

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  1. xzzy says:

    Someone go dig up Kodak's grave, we found a reason for film to continue to be produced!

    A smartphone attachment that shoots a roll of that old disc film would make zillions!

  2. xzzy says:

    Yeah, not at this moment it doesn't. Just wait until every camera is required to have a special chip that detects kill signals.

    (they've been doing this for years with our desktop printers, so the precedent is there)

  3. I suppose it's possible Apple patented this simply to prevent it from ever being used for evil, right guys?


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