Apple awarded right to disable iPhone cameras at concerts

Adele is among a number of artists who have spoken out against filming at gigs

Apple has been awarded the right for a new system which could potentially stop people filming concerts with their iPhones.

The company’s invention would allow venues to use an infrared beam to disable photography on mobile phones, preventing people from taking videos and photos.

“An infrared emitter can be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited,” the awarded patent adds. “An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command.”


When switched on, the patent says, 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.


A number of artists including Adele have been outspoken about fans filming their shows, with many claiming that 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.

Meanwhile, Adele’s third studio album ’25’ is heading back to the number one spot on the Official Chart Update, following her headlining performance at Glastonbury last Saturday.

The album was previously at number 13 but has shot up to the top spot, with a 176% sales increase compared to the same period last week. This will be the 13th week ’25’ has been at number one.

Seven months following its initial release, ’25’ was made available to stream on Spotify, with the sales increase due in part to users adding songs to their playlists.