I Feel Like I’m Watching Apple Disintegrate (Update)

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Update: Check out this article for more background info.

It came to my attention today that Apple owns this patent that allows the Camera in my iPhone to be disabled. The exact language that bother me is “disable a function of the device.” Why? Let’s say I am at a concert or filming a police officer brutally beating a citizen… this patent essentially allows for a third party (record label/musicion, police department) to disable my camera. That’s worth repeating… someone else can turn off my camera. Apple’s patent allows for the built-in ability for someone to squash my freedom. I’m getting sick of linking to a previous post our Think Tank panel weighed in on called Is Apple’s Magic Officially Gone (and regular readers are probably sick of seeing it linked to as well), but seriously, all signs are beginning to point to an Apple that is rotten at the core. Steve Jobs would never have done this–he had a knack for knowing what consumers would or wouldn’t want… but this seems like an easy thing to spot–why would any consumer want this? On the radio I heard about a guy who is keeping his old iPhone just to avoid this feature.

Apple?! Wake up… I don’t want to live in a world where Apple is lame.

Hey, I'm Chris—founder and Editor of DailyTekk.com. You can also catch me contributing on ReadWrite. I enjoy checking out the latest and greatest consumer tech. I write about tech that's more ID than IT.

4 Comments

  • January 14, 2013

    Jeremy Wadhams

    They filed for that patent Dec 2009, nearly 2 years before Steve died. If I’m reading his Wikipedia entry correctly, he wasn’t even on medical leave at that time. So from a certain point of view, this is exactly the kind of thing Steve would have let happen.

    • January 14, 2013

      Chris McConnell

      Hey Jeremy, thanks for the comment! It’s true that Apple (and tons of tech companies) own lots of patents that they don’t necessarily implement or use… they are just in the holster so-to-speak, but this one really bugs me… I have to believe that Steve would never let it reach the light of day under his watch (if he were here right now). But that’s just my crazy opinion! Thanks for pointing that out!

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  • July 24, 2013

    Halo

    is it possible that they patented it in order to prevent that technology from existing? I am not an apple fanboy by a long shot but that happens all the time.