In a new patent filing published in AppleInsider, Apple designates a system for a fundamentally “Busy/Available/Away” status for reception of the phone calls on a smartphone device but one that informs said status perceptively and spontaneously using data assembled about the smartphone device and its settings.

So the straightforward idea is this: Just like you can do on Skype and other IM services, you would be capable to show a status to contacts that would specify whether you are accessible to pitch a call or not, which could evade humiliating instants like having your phone whichever Buzz or ring noisily even when you are in a meeting.

The structure would take into account user’s first choice, defining what info it can share as set by a user, and screen incoming calls beside a phone’s contact list to aid reserve confidentiality beforehand distributing any info. But then it could do stuffs like direct the incoming caller info about whether the user has the ringer turned on or set to vibrate, their present locality, the power of their present signal and their device’s lasting battery life.


The patent is not so much about allowing a user to establish their own worldwide status for all incoming calls (which appears fairly beneficial), but as an alternative allowing them set and dis-remember favorites about just how much they are eager to distribute and with who, and permitting the automated system do the remaining task.

This is one of a number of patents that Apple has filed specifying modifications to the vital phone actions of a smartphone, which would enhance the calling experience in an important way. Joined with iMessage, you could understand how Apple could more change simple in and outgoing communication practices with developments like these.

Moreover, letting your smartphone device to automatically send out info about you would be like to swallow a big tablet for majority of the users in terms of confidentiality concerns.