These days, concertgoers seem to fall into two distinct camps: those who are happy just to stand there and watch their favourite band or singer perform IRL; and those who subscribe the ethos of 'If I don't film or Instagram it, then I wasn't there'. Even though we can safely argue the pros of cons of each type, there are many who complain that camera phones and recording devices are ruining concerts. In fact, last month Adele even had a go at someone in Verona for filming her concert and not enjoying it "in real life".
So in news that will make traditionalists cheer, Apple has just had a patent approved that enables infrared technology to disable iPhone cameras from recording at concerts. The patent, exhaustively named 'Systems and Methods for Receiving Infrared Data with a Camera Designed to Detect Images Based on Visible Light' basically uses infrared light to beam out an encoded signal from the stage. This signal would then be picked up by your iPhone, disabling your camera from recording.
It's a landmark move for the California tech company and for concert venues that specifically ban recording devices, but struggle to enforce them when everyone has a camera attached to their phone. It's also a small win for short/easily frustrated people who continually lose out at concerts by having someone's phone block their view. No word yet on when the technology will be rolled out, so for now, camera addicts are safe.