Apple might turn the iPhone into an answering machine, a recent patent suggests

Apple might turn the iPhone into an answering machine, a recent patent suggests
The Cupertino giant has just patented an audio call screening feature, which might enable iPhone users to listen to a voice message while the caller is leaving it. Apple's US Patent No.8,666,034 allows "a user to screen messages being left at a hosted voicemail system from a telephone terminal".

What does this mean, exactly? Simply put, it's an answering machine for your iPhone. Just as the conventional answering machines for landline phones, Apple's audio call screening system allows you to listen to a voicemail message while the caller is leaving it. If you decide that the call is important, you can answer the phone, thus cancelling the further recording of the given voice message. Of course, you can allow the caller to leave his voice message.

It seems that this call screening system creates a conference call between the caller, the voicemail server, and the telephone terminal. Apple's newly-obtained patent states that "the telephone terminal is equipped to open only the speaker channel for monitroing the message and will provide a fully bi-directional connection using a microphone channel".

This patent was one of the roughly 6,000 patents that Nortel, a network equipment manufacturer, sold to Rockstar, a consortium between Apple, Microsoft, Sony, ant others. After Nortel went bankrupt back in 2011, it sold this plethora of patents to Rockstar for some $4.5 billion.

Only time will reveal if this audio call screening system will make its way to the next iPhone. What are your thoughts on the matter?


source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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24 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Interesting idea. $5 says Sammy comes in and copies the idea.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31298; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Myx behave bro lol. Good one though, I won't refute it.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol I couldn't resist.

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Of course, have to expect Samsung to copy the iPhone 6s' primary feature eventually.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Of course, they've already copied the trio of colors release with the new band aid S5.

19. Mr.Verizon

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Pretty sure 4 color's is more than "Trio" and lets not get started on that fact that nobody's phones are actually "gold". Champagne iphones, rose gold and copper samsungs all look like s**t. If its supposed to be gold, i expect to see my reflection like i would in a solid gold brick.

22. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

they should called it "Brown" Color

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31298; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol bad Mxy ;)

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*puts on shades* But I make it look good

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31298; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes the s5 bandaid is definitely apple inspired

7. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Do you like the Android Toggles on your iDevices?

9. bakogeek

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Google Voice already has Call Screening. support.google.com/voice/answer/115083?hl=en

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Googe Voice is an application. Not a very working one but an application nonetheless.

23. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

so u mean Apple copy the application made by Google and put it as bloatware?

10. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Stole others ideas and claimed as original. Only iGnorants would believe them.

20. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

but if Sammy pays to use this feature in the future, it won't called as copy...

2. GeekMovement unregistered

Sounds pretty cool. Would like to see this coming in the near future.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31298; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That would be sweet, I could play major jokes on my wife with that feature.

5. suburbansoljah4209

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Isn't there a feature like that already built into Google Voice?

8. AJmeBOY

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

I agree. Isn't this similar, if not identical, features that GV already offers? Is this going to be ANOTHER silly Apple lawsuit?

12. clevercarlos

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

interesting...

18. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

It's going to be very difficult for Apple to pull that one off given that their phone's have massive technical issues with Incoming Voice Calls as it is. I guess there's no harm in iFantasizing.

21. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

i have never used voice call before...lol...whenever the voice inside the phonecall appear, i will straight bang my finger right into the red virtual button...haha

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