Call or text? Apple patent wants to help you decide

Call or text? Apple patent wants to help you decide
First things first: just because you see the words "Apple" and "patent" in the title shouldn't trigger blind rage. Apple works within the terrible, broken system created by the USPTO (read: don't hate the player, hate the game). Now, on to the real story... 

Most people say that you shouldn't sweat the small stuff, but Apple takes pride in finding a relatively small annoyance and finding a way to ease it. The newest issue the company wants to take on is that small annoyance where you're not too sure if you should call or text a friend.

Call or text? Apple patent wants to help you decide
The way it works is that users control the variables like time, location, mobility, or other factors. That data syncs and is used to let others know what the best way would be to contact you. Maybe you set triggers for work, or when you're at the gym, or any other factor, and choose whether it's best to contact you with a call, text, e-mail, or maybe through another messaging service. 

The trouble that we foresee with Apple's patent on this is that it isn't automated enough. This is a kind of system that would work a lot better with either the social network of Facebook around it, or the automation of Google Now. Apple's vision seems to rely too much on users to put in all of the information of where they are and when and what to do. There is some automation, for example if you're at a concert, the system will figure that out based on your GPS, clock, and microphone data. But, we're pretty sure this system would be better to be based on GPS and public events calendars or even your personal calendar, rather than having to tap your device's microphone. 

source: USPTO via The Next Web

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28 Comments

1. Droiddoes unregistered

"First things first: just because you see the words "Apple" and "patent" in the title shouldn't trigger blind rage" Yes, michael, it should. "Apple works within the terrible, broken system created by the USPTO (read: don't hate the player, hate the game). " What?! Hate both. Just because someone abuses the sh*t out of a broken system does not make them innocent. But of course you would defend them. "The newest issue the company wants to take on is that small annoyance where you're not too sure if you should call or text a friend." This...is really a problem people face? My god. "Apple's vision seems to rely too much on users to put in all of the information of where they are and when and what to do" Yeah, apple does like to spy and know everything right down to the color of your morning poo. "

17. Trex95

Posts: 2362; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

They all Illuminati including Samsung.

19. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Where's Darkjedi™

23. stealthd unregistered

And here's the blind rage. Everything you just said applies to Google and most other tech companies (especially that last line lol).

24. Droiddoes unregistered

That sounded like rage to you? Wow, grow a spine.

26. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

No it shouldn't. Its ridiculous to get pissed off blindly. There's nothing wrong with this patent at all, and I'm sure you know that. "apple does like to spy and know everything" - Don't be a hypocrite

2. twens

Posts: 1163; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Hmmm,I don't care.

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

jeeze now their patenting bout texting? doesn't that already exist? getting sick and tired of APPLE bogus patents. there was another one NOT too long ago. enough already

4. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

"...where you're not too sure if you should call or text a friend" First world problems, if you ask me. If it's a short, to-the-point piece of info you want to tell them, text. If it's going to take a minute or two (or if it's personal and/or requires voice contact), call. Simple as that.

5. Droiddoes unregistered

I think you're giving iDrones FAR too much credit

21. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

Perhaps, but it's not just iPhone users that fall into this category. Any smartphone user could be unsure how to effectively communicate with others. I just feel it shouldn't have to take extra features/apps to help people use their phone for its most basic functions. Too much technological assistance these days...

6. FlushGordon unregistered

I'm willing to bet my house that there will be at least several to many iOs7 features that will be borrowed from Android.

16. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Only the ones Android forgot to patent or thought were so trivial that they thought it wasn't worth patenting.

7. Kreft

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

Michael is a bit slow it seems.

25. Droiddoes unregistered

Nah, he's just constantly drunk off of apple juice. He should seek help for that XD

9. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm sick of this don't blame the player garbage. So I shouldn't blame the men who abuse women in countries where its legal? They're only operating within the system. My father once told me that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. But my father is a better man than Steve Jobs ever was.

13. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

You don't know what kind of man Steve Jobs was. You only know what you've seen and heard through the media.

22. alouden unregistered

Perhaps not. But to borrow a quote: "attitude reflects leadership." We do know what kind of leader he was. So tedkord's comments are valid.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I know he was a man who denied his daughter for years and did not take care of her. I also know he berated and abused underlings. Thats all I need to know to know my father is a much better man.

10. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Really Microphone data, well while your at it why don't you go ahead and take some camera, video, data also to try and see what I'm doing too.

11. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

So by that logic. We shouldn't be mad at dirty cops. Crooked politicians. And the greedy bankers who almost bankrupted the world in 2008? Ya know. Because its the systems fault they can do it. What ever happened to personal integrity?

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Hasn't been widespread since the 50s. Now you really gotta look for it.

29. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

In regards to banking, since 1912 with the inception if the Federal Reserve, the system has been faulty and crooked, by design.

14. thequota

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

ahh iphone always slightly hinting that their phone users are too dumb to make decisions or figure out things on their own. its like the whole phone is just one giant slap in the face...if you cant figure out if you want/need to text or call someone then you my friend have bigger problems.

15. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Yeah... You Silly Apple. Stop "2why-n" to pull a "wabbit", out of a hat. Agreeing @thequota

18. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

great a ijunk saying im a dumb c**t f u apple

20. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Is this applied for or granted? You know what, never mind. We're first-to-file now anyhow. Hooray for throwing crap at the wall just to see what sticks.

28. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I can do this already with a Moto Droid RAZR.....next

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