Apple will disable your phone from taking photos in certain places, which isn't creepy at all
Here's a thing. Ever tried getting a screengrab on your Apple product and found that you can't? You've found that you've got a grey and white checkerboard instead? That's because Apple have some third-party contracts in place which means you can't screengrab certain material.
That seems fair enough to a degree.
The result is that you'll have to take a photo of your screen, which isn't exactly ideal if you need something a little more hi-res. However, this might be a thing of the past too, as someone at BoingBoing found out.
Apple have been granted a patent that will prevent photos and videos being taken in certain locations, which is plain creepy.
"Apparatus and methods for changing one or more functional or operational aspects of a wireless device, such as upon the occurrence of a certain event. In one embodiment, the event comprises detecting that the wireless device is within range of one or more other devices. In another variant, the event comprises the wireless device associating with a certain access point. In this manner, various aspects of device functionality may be enabled or restricted (device “policies”). This policy enforcement capability is useful for a variety of reasons, including for example to disable noise and/or light emanating from wireless devices (such as at a movie theater), for preventing wireless devices from communicating with other wireless devices (such as in academic settings), and for forcing certain electronic devices to enter “sleep mode” when entering a sensitive area."
You can bet your bottom dollar that cinemas will be one of the forerunners in signing up to anything that stops people from filming their wares, not mention venues that have stand-up shows and gigs. However, as BB point out, if anyone is allowed to sign-up for this, who is to say that Apple phones will suddenly enter 'sleep mode' during something like a protest?