Apple On Hold For Call Waiting Patent

"Please Hold" may be a thing of the past. At least Apple thinks so after its recent patent on "adaptive information" for Apple devices. The patent (U.S. Patent No. 8,412,164) shows that upcoming handheld devices authorized by Apple could have more dynamic caller hold and caller information on display, in addition to the traditional ticking clock that reminds you how costly your call is becoming.


The information could include things like location of the caller, upcoming meetings with the person, spouse's and children's names, or weather at the caller's location. "A system can also identify any unsuccessful attempts to communicate (e.g., unanswered calls, voice mails, unread emails) with another person and present a user with adaptive information related to those attempts" reads a part of the patent.

The information would also be able to give a user distracting information while on hold during a call, even depending on the time of day. During the morning a user might be informed about upcoming appointments, birthdays and weather forecasts, while in the evening it could focus more on the day's news or stock updates.

While we expect this addition to be featured on the upcoming iPhone and operating system, Apple has currently put the idea "on hold" with no further information, which is surprising considering that their patent is all about additional information while on hold. Would this feature add much to your calling experience, or do you think Apple is just writing patents for the sake of it?

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  • razzb3d
    You got to be shitting me... Next they will be patenting making and receiving calls on a rectangular device that fits in your hand....
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  • computerfarmer
    I agree with razzd3d. This is like getting a patent for a coffee cup that holds coffee with the options of different flavors for different times of the day.
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  • razzb3d
    You got to be shitting me... Next they will be patenting making and receiving calls on a rectangular device that fits in your hand....
    21
  • computerfarmer
    I agree with razzd3d. This is like getting a patent for a coffee cup that holds coffee with the options of different flavors for different times of the day.
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  • teh_chem
    I'm not following the utility of this.

    If I'm the person on hold during a call, I'm not typically going to be staring at my handset (ergo, extraneous info that the phone wants to throw at me is useless). If I'm the person that has more than one person trying to contact me at the same time, I'm not going to spend time fumbling with my handset--I'm going to be actively talking to one person, while I ignore the other call...
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