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Japanese iPhone Has Upskirt-Preventing Shutter Sounds

Japanese iPhone Has Upskirt-Preventing Shutter Sounds
One of the things that many camera phone users do is disable that annoying faux-shutter sound that is emitted whenever a picture is taken. In Japan, though, disabling that sound is often not possible -- not because Japanese mobile companies like to annoy their customers, says Japanese tech reporter Nobuyuki Hayashi, but because silent camera phones are all too often used to take pictures up the skirts of women. For this reason, the Japanese release of the iPhone 3G has also lost the option to disable the shutter sound.

Whereas owners in other countries can turn off sounds when taking pictures, customers in Japan are stuck with that fake shutter sound, though they can choose to have it say "cheese" instead. This is a change of policy from that of Apple, which let Japanese owners of the original iPhone turn off the noise. It's always a drag when a few bad apples ruin things for everyone else, but at least girls are now safe from pevs toting Japanese iPhones. [Source: Nobiblog, via Cult Of Mac]

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