Apple.comApparently the iPhone being sold in Japan is slightly different from the U.S. version. A freelance journalist based in Tokyo reported that even when its in silent mode, the Japanese version makes a shutter sound when the user takes a photo. This is because Japanese phone manufacturers don't want to be seen as supporting the taking of upskirt pictures (photos taken up the skirts of girls). If this is true, it's great for Japanese women, but now I'm a little concerned about the American version's ability to take silent photos. We must all be careful as we walk up stairs while wearing skirts.
--Posted by Catherine Strawn on The Frisky