Apple patent could block iPhones being used to photograph and video concerts
APPLE has been granted a patent for technology that could stop smartphone cameras being used at concerts.
The new system could potentially stop people filming gigs and events with their iPhones by allowing venues to use an infrared beam to disable photography on mobile phones.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent, which was originally filed in 2011, for the technology that would disable phones' cameras at certain public events.
When switched on, the phone would simply display a 'recording disabled' message when audience members attempt to take photographs or videos.
Alternatively, a watermark or blur effect may be applied, to discourage people from sharing them.
There is no indication yet if Apple has any plans to use this technology.
Singer Adele has been among many artists who have been outspoken about fans recording their shows on mobile phones.
Many artists have claimed it spoils the experience for other fans.
The singer recently told a female fan filming at a concert in Italy to "enjoy it in real life rather than through your camera".
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch also recently pleaded with fans to stop filming while he performed in Hamlet.