Let me preface this by stating that this was on rt.com. I usually trust them as far as I can sling a piano. They break some amazing stories, but they are usually so excited about being "do gooders" that they forget to fully check their facts.
Apple has patented a technology that will allow government officials, businesses, covert operations, etc. to create an invisible "no video zone". They will use GPS, WiFi, and other means to create a virtual fence. Once someone crosses into the restricted area their cameras and recording equipment will be disabled. This could be a way for them to say "thank you" the the US government that allowed them to win a ridiculous patent lawsuit against Samsung.
Here is the wording from the actual patent:
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.
This will help keep all those pesky police brutality videos and photos off the internet. For now, this only works on Apple devices, but I wouldn't put it past the government to attempt to create total blackout areas (it will just be easier to silence users with Apple devices).
I'll post a link to the patent as soon as I find it. RT.com did not link to it (annoying bastards). The bottom line is this: Do not buy an Apple. It saddens me to see a giant like Apple do this to the consumers.
EDIT: Link to the patent (Thanks Craig)