Looks like you'll have to watch it with your eyes like the rest of humanity …
If Apple gets its way, those people at concerts who willingly choose to watch the show through a screen rather than physically enjoy it will be no more.
Though the patent for its infrared detecting phone was filed way back in 2011, it wasn't until recently that the approval came down the line.
What it is — from our general decoding of the included stick figure drawings by 9to5Mac — is a transmitting device that can block certain functionality within a designated area. Maybe the artist will allow photos but no video? Done. No audio but recorded images? Yep. Block outgoing drunk texts to Uber asking they reprimand the dragon in your pocket? Unlikely, but necessary …
Though it seems a little deceptive for a venue to be able to hold so much power over a personal device, there are implications that the technology could be used for good, too. The transmitter would also be able to send information, as if you were at a gallery, or something similar, and wanted to know more about it — a la augmented reality.
What seems to be more on the fucked up side of things, however, is if this type of tech would be used to restrict our ability to record daily life when needed. Sure, we're forcing more police officers than ever to wear body cams, but what's to stop them from strapping on a transmitter of their own, blocking onlookers from recording their next murder of a teenager?
It's already been established that the ubiquity of social media use hikes up ticket prices ad infinitum, but are people willingly going to give up their favorite past time of recording artists for no reason? "Buy this phone, it restricts your choices" isn't a very good tagline for advertisements.
Cool concept. Outdated and unlikely, but still cool none the less.