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Apple patent would let callers know if you're too busy to chat

By Shawn Knight · 10 replies
Aug 22, 2013
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  1. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application that outlines a method in which a caller could check the status of another iPhone user’s handset before placing a call to determine whether it's a good...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    This is cool but really creepy.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,632   +689

    I guess leaving a voice mail is too much of a hassle these days, eh?
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,489   +3,485

    Cool feature. Now all I need to know is where I will have to go in the iOS settings to disable it.
  5. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,907   +592

    If their status says busy you can still call and leave a message. I don't see why that would change.

    I like this idea. Some people don't check their voicemail that often, so if you really want to talk to someone, you can use the status check.
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Patent... you kidding me this cant be possible android already has this and has had it for ages now, brb gonna patent giving birth and breathing so I can earn cash from people giving birth and breathing.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,981   +2,871

    I'm used to an engaged signal. It doesn't offend me or cost a cent either. I can't see the sense in this.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,162   +3,260

    Maybe they can implement a $20 fine for calling, if the person they are calling has a status of "Driving". lol
  9. ShadowDeath

    ShadowDeath TS Booster Posts: 92   +23

    Soo... if Apple can't win by making a better phone then they will win by legal battles with their opponents. They're really starting to sink lately...
  10. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Maniac Posts: 383   +180

    So if there was porn on the screen it would not answer the call.... pretty smart.
  11. Or...you could just turn on auto-reply on your Android phone? That way if they text you, my phone will magically let the sender know if I'm too busy to chat!*nerd*

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