Apple patent (late August) • police state ?

amoergosum

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Here's the link to the patent >>>
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-...28+AND+AN/Apple&RS=(ISD/20120828+AND+AN/Apple

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.
 

Cougarcat

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Don't panic yet. Apple patents all sorts of stuff they never intend to use.

Also, perhaps they patented this specifically to make it harder for others to implement the same (very bad) idea.
 

Dwalls90

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Don't panic yet. Apple patents all sorts of stuff they never intend to use.

Also, perhaps they patented this specifically to make it harder for others to implement the same (very bad) idea.
What he said.

Apple has the most absurd kinds and quantities of patents. Most have never seen the light of day as actual product features.
 

chakraj

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yes nothing to see here, move along.

They are just going to make it so you cant video the police or record any political criminals at work.

Then if they can do that you will have to rely solely on the big media companies for information, and we all know they are 100% working for the people.
 

sviato

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Reminds me of that case where an escort killed her customer and called AT&T, asked if her iPhone could be tracked, then proceeded to cancel her service and dispose of the phone.
 
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