CALIFORNIA (OCN) — Hackers in the Netherlands are reporting that they have discovered a hidden camera on the front of Apple’s iPhone 3G. The camera is said to be hidden within the earpiece section of the iPhone just below the sensor.
So what does this mean for consumers of the Apple iPhone 3G? Consumers will be able to perform web and video conferencing as soon as coders can exploit the Apple iPhone’s firmware.
Currently, owners have to use a old hack which requires huckleberry mirrors which are often seen on Apple Macbook Pro.
Upon investigation to detect if it was fact or fiction, investigators discovered Apple’s U.S. Patent for an integrated sensing display that was filed in 2004.
So why was the 3G shipped with the camera off? It’s possible the video conference function will not be supported on all networks as of yet. With the iPhone exclusive on AT&T/Cingular in the USA and T-Mobile in Germany, it may be a bidding war to see who gets the official firmware from Apple, Inc. Second, this could be a prototype phone that slipped through the crack.
According to some users in the Apple community, the phone could be used to direct certain video ads to the user of the phone. If a female is using the phone, it could detect features of a female and show ads for jewerely, minivans, and femine care products and if this is the case, it could be a privacy issue.