A patent granted to Apple in late-August, if implemented, would allow governments to disable your iPhone when they deem appropriate, reports BusinessInsider.
U.S. Patent No. 8,254,902, titled "Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device," enables phone policies to be set to change "one or more functional or operational aspects of a wireless device ... upon the occurrence of a certain event."
Take a look at the video below in which Tim Pool explains that this patent isn't to just disable your camera but to 'wirelessly control your device.' Quoting the patent he notes that "covert police or government operations may require complete blackout conditions."