Patent Watch: iPhone Audio Sensor for Ringtones

Apple Insider brings word that Apple has filed a patent for:

an ambient sound sensor to the iPhone that would allow the handset to adjust its ringtone volume to its surrounding audio environment, which would ameliorate potentially-disruptive audio outputs.

Sounds nifty! In addition, Apple has also filed for a patent for self-cleansing audio jacks:

An alternative cleansing method would allow the end portion of the adaptor plug to rotate freely through the application of compressed air. This method, Apple said, would force debris from the jack as the adaptor plug is removed and the switches that hold the plug in the jack are closed.

Of course, many of these patents never see the light of day, but we like that Apple is exploring many different alternatives for future iPhone development.

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Patent Watch: iPhone Audio Sensor for Ringtones

7 Comments

This patent will not be granted. Its far too obvious.
Even lowly Honda Accord has an ambient noise sensor to manage the radio volume, compensating for road noise. There is nothing new here. This technology has been in many electronic gadgets for years, including high end TV.
Some high-end restaurants use this technology backwards, to turn DOWN the music, when the noise of patron chatter becomes so loud you no longer hear or need music to elevator music to cover conversations.
You can't take common technology from one machine and apply it in another a machine and obtain a patent. Those days are over.

I hate all ambient sensors, anyway (especially for lighting). I'm constantly readjusting everything. I want everything cranked up to 11 all the time and just left alone.
( Well, it's one louder, isn't it? :lol: )

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