Concert photography being taken with a smartphone. The recent Apple patent to disable video recording at concerts has caught major buzz, where the Apple patent for texting and driving is not being heavily publicized. Photo by: pexels.com
Concert photography being taken with a smartphone. The recent Apple patent to disable video recording at concerts has caught major buzz, where the Apple patent for texting and driving is not being heavily publicized. Photo by: pexels.com

Will Apple Use Their 2014 Patent to Block Texting and Driving Before the 2016 Patent to Block Cameras on iPhones?

Mainstream media is all buzzed up for Apple’s recent patent to block smartphones from illegal filming at concerts, museums and movie theaters.

It is my theory that the media is using this story to distract the masses into thinking the technology is made for concerts. They seem to be trying to put the blame on the diehard fans that love music enough to share it with other people, and that the camera blocking technology is going to be produced to stop those people from filming.

In reality, the camera blocking technology can, and will most likely be used by police during protests and when interacting with citizens.

In 2014, The Guardian reported that Apple had made a patent to block texting while driving on iPhones. This has still not made it to their product line, and there is a good chance that the recent patent blocking cameras will never make it to the products as well.

This is where I put the pressure on Apple. 

If they move forward with the camera blocking technology before the texting while driving technology, it will be a clear sign that the company cares more about money than the lives of their customers.


Texting While Driving Causes:

1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

*Data by: http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stats


There is a small chance that Beyoncé, Neko Case, Björk, and Jack White‘s record labels have enough money to influence Apple on making new technology for iPhones.

There is much larger chance that the major film studios do have enough money to push Apple to create camera blocking technology in movie theaters. State governments may also have a strong influence over Apple’s patents.

I strongly suggest everyone go out and start buying Android smartphones made from 2014-2016. I am seriously thinking of buying a few of them to keep in store if Google follows this same trend. As consumers, and media producers, we have to have equipment available to record events at all times. Do not allow large tech companies to block your ability to film and produce work that you are passionate about.

I also suggest to buy personal cameras to record events with, such as a DSLR. If an artist doesn’t want their audience to help promote their work, I strongly suggest you stop supporting them live. If you see your smartphone camera not working in a protest, get a new recording device as soon as possible, and make sure to film in locations that is legal.

This new patent will only work for the venues and vehicles that can afford a transmitter to block the camera on smartphones. If you live in a rural, underdeveloped area; there is a good chance you won’t ever see this technology in your lifetime.

If you are one of the hypocrites that get offended by people filming and taking photos at concerts, I strongly suggest you take a look at your inability to interact with others, and your inability to handle small problems. Take a look in the mirror on why you feel so important. It is probably from an inflated self-esteem your parents conditioned you with. No, it is not because you can’t see the stage. Move around the crowd.

Concerts use to be extremely dangerous in the 1970s to early 2000s. The amount of deaths at concerts has dramatically gone down in events overall, but has seen a small rise in deaths at EDM events due to drug abuse, not physical abuse or by fire.

So, next time you are trying to complain about someone taking a photo or video of a concert, think about how much it means to the other fans, the musicians that might get free advertising, and less about yourself. Selfish people are usually appear unattractive, and normally have smaller IQ scores.

The goal of this story is to identify why Apple and major media is making a strong push for the patent on recording concerts, in comparison to putting pressure on Apple to produce technology that will disable the user’s ability to text on iPhones while driving. Drop a comment into our YouTube comment section with your insight on this topic.