Could Apple’s New iPhone Tech End Wasted Calls?
Letting your unanswered phone ring until it goes to voice mail when you are unavailable may soon become an annoying habit of the past if Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) decides to implement a newly patented mobile phone status system. In a recently published patent uncovered by Apple Insider, Apple outlines a simple and intuitive method for determining if an iPhone user is available.
In the abstract for the aptly titled ”Methods to Determine Availability of User Based on Mobile Phone Status” patent, Apple describes how the “operating status” of one mobile phone is transmitted to another from a remote server. This transmitted information informs the user whether or not the other iPhone user is currently available.
In the background description of the patent, Apple notes that, “For most callees, the only available actions are to accept the call or decline it by either not answering or allowing an answering machine or voice mail system to respond. The caller in such cases has no control over whether or not the call will be accepted.”