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The word is going out that Apple may have a new plan to allow their devices to be used during movies at public theaters. As you might imagine, the public is completely behind this idea, and they're trying to shove it off a cliff. Many have taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the idea of people using their electronic devices during movies. Some are politely suggesting this could be a bad idea. Others are being less pleasant about it.
All of this comes from a report stating that when Apple's new OS debuts next week, it will include a theater mode button which would dim the screen as well as disable all noises and the phone's ability to transmit messages. However, the rest of the device's functions would remain. Needless to say, this idea is not being met positively by the public.
We'd like to say that the above sentiment is obvious, but if that were the case, the mere idea for a smartphone "theater mode" would never have made it past the conception phase. Yet somehow we're apparently a week away from this idea being a real thing. A function that encourages the use of mobile devices inside movie theaters. For many, the fact that phones need to be off and we're not supposed to talk to people is one of the great joys of attending the cinema. Two hours of not having to deal with other people.
If it was actually possible to prevent another's phone use from being noticed by others, that would be one thing, but, of course, that's not going to happen. The best you'll get is that it will be less annoying than it used to be. Although, it should be said that there have been some suggestions of other ways that Apple could make their phone screens more movie friendly.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but if this theater mode actually moves forward and people begin to use their devices in theaters, we fully expect there will be altercations with people who are unhappy about it. Phones will almost certainly be destroyed, if not by hammers then by boots. Some won't even feel a little bit bad about it.
There are a lot of people unhappy with the mere suggestion that people could start using phones inside movie theaters. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.