Japanese iPhone 3G Is Perverts' Worst Friend

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According to reporter Nobuyuki Hayashi, the camera of the iPhone 3G sold in Japan will make a shutter sound every time you take a photo, even if you put the telephone in silent mode. The reason: all those pervs taking photos up the skirts of unsuspected women in public places.

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According to Hayahi, the problem of up-skirt photography is so bad in Japan that most new cellphones have this feature (if you are a women) or bug (if you are a perv.) According to him, "some manufacturers have even put a louder shutter sound." The Japanese edition of the iPhone, however, just makes the normal one.

I really don't see the point of this measure however: the iPhone doesn't have a physical photo button, which really makes extremely difficult to take a clear up-skirt shot.

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I mean, I can only guess that's the case.

Two things to Japanese pervs everywhere: fiber optics and video cameras.

Update: as readers have noticed, you can use Pwnage to jailbreak your iPhone and remove the sound. Why would you want to do this, I don't know.

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I'm not 100% sure I get the full issue women are having over this. If you're wearing panties, it's not like the guy's getting a photograph of anything particularly private anyway. They're just panties, which can be seen in any store, or any time you happen to bend over the wrong way anyway. No worse than having your chest photographed while wearing a shirt. And if you're NOT wearing panties, aren't you already putting yourself pretty heavily at risk for having your genitals seen anyway? And seriously, I'd think if you're going to wear a short skirt and no panties, isn't the thrill that you might get caught one of the main reasons? I don't see much other logic to the combo.