Apple could stop your iPhone from taking photos or videos at concerts
What's good, Brian Tong here, and welcome to the Apple Byte for everything good and bad inside the world of Apple.
This week's lead story has a rotten smell all over it.
Now Apple was just granted 44 patents covering a wide range of products, but the biggest one was a patent that gives Apple a way to stop iPhones from taking photos or videos.
At concerts or other venues.
Now the patent describes your phone's camera detecting infrared signal and interpreting the data.
That signal could disable both photos and video recordings.
Now an infrared emitter could be located on stage where pictures or videos are prohibited.
Now at first I want to throw out a bad apple.
I mean I pay for these tickets, I know a lot of you are screaming for one so here.
That's for you.
But at the same time, I hate how concerts are completely ruined by everyone holding up their phones, taking videos and snap chatting.
I just hate that.
Unless its Justin Bieber falling through a trap door.
Okay No beavers were hurt during the filming of that concert.
But on the flip side there are some good uses for the patent.
Museums can use the same tech to automatically display information about an object you're viewing.
Now Apple is already working with artists for exclusive new releases on Apple Music.
And they've even funded new music videos like Hot Line Bling So you could logically see how they could apply this to Apple branded concert events.
Just another way to control the experience for better or worse.
All right, another Apple branded Pad will allow you to control the Apple TV's user interface with 3D, real-time in air gestures in the future.
Think Minority Report.
Now, the pad will allow you to control, pinch and zoom, rotate and press virtual buttons.
To control the Apple TV without a remote.
It would still require some sort of camera sensing tech, and Apple did acquire PrimeSense in 2013.
That company was responsible for the tech inside the first Microsoft Kinect.
Now Siri plus this plus a TV streaming service would be a pretty sweet package if it ever comes out.
Also, another Apple patent brings a 3D graphical user interface, this time to computer systems that would be able to detect a user's gaze and then allow them to interact with a virtual touchscreen to control navigable maps based on the context of what they're doing.
Again, all of these patents do not guarantee we'll ever see them in the future, but It could happen.
All right I was trying to hold up on the flood of I phone news but you can't stop it you can only hope to contain it.
Check this out an image from Nowhereelse.fr of a leaked I phone seven case.
Claimed to show the back of the upcoming 4.7 inch phone which a larger portuguing camera cut out backing the claim that we'll see an improved [UNKNOWN] sensor.
But rumors of a dual lens camera for the iPhone 7 plus continue to conflict after this picture from micro blogging site wabo shows off the pill shaped enclosure for the dual lens.
It's still uncertain if this is an early proto type so we'll just have to wait until September.
I know it's far away for the official confirmation.
Also a picture from Nowhereelse.fr shows that the rear shell with two symmetrical speakers on the base and a single lightning port with no speaker headphone jack.
Weibo leaks claim to show as Apple's ear pod with a lightning connector on the end of them even if rumors claim we'll see the standard ear pod headphone with a lightning adaptor dongle.
But in an actual story that's not a rumor.
Apple suppliers Cirrus Logic has announced a new MFI Headset development kit that's specifically geared for accessory makers to quickly produce lightning based headphones.
Now MFI stands for made for I phone.
I pad I pod.
And the kit includes form factor reference design and the advantages of the high fidelity audio connection.
But one thing we know the next iPhone won't have is wireless charging.
And I feature accessories that I actually love using on the show.
So check out, Mophie's bringing wireless charging to their Juice Pack line.
And they are calling it.
There's these different charging pads, like one for your office, a desk stand, or even one that mounts on your car's air vent.
And it gets even cooler with magnets that align it to hold it in place.
Now you didn't know this, but most of the current cases actually have the tech inside of them already.
Cases start at $99 and the different charge force bases start at $39.
I've been using their air vent one in my car and it's honestly pretty sweet and yes I'm working on getting some for you, the apple biters, in the future.
All right, now the overall sense I get from everyone, including myself, is that the next iPhone won't really be that special.
And all eyes are already on the 10th anniversary phone, but maybe Google is gonna give them a little scare that they need.
A telegraph report says Google is planning to release it's own Google branded Smartphone, that will compete directly with the iPhone.
We've heard Google has wanted a more integrated Apple-like experience, controlling both hardware and software for a future phone.
The new device is expected to be released by the end of 2016.
So, we will wait and see.
And, you know what, let's wrap things up on a high note.
Florida resident Thomas S. Ross filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringed on his 1992 invention of a hand drawn electronic Electronic reading device, see?
You can see here how this device looks exactly like the iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Now Ross filed for a utility patent that protects his invention in 1992, but it was declared abandoned in '95 by the USPTO.
He is seeking $13 billion in restitution and a royalty of 1.5% on Apple's Worldwide sales of infringing devices.
Tomas S Ross my friend, good luck to you.
All right that's gonna do it for this week's show.
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Thanks so much for watching, we'll catch y'all next time for another bite of the apple.