“Apple appears to have figured out that you don’t need to hear your ringtones if you’re already using your iPhone when a text or phone call comes through,” Henry T. Casey reports for Tom’s Guide. “This is according to a new report that claims the rumored face-detecting 3D sensor in the iPhone 8 will intelligently silence the audio parts of your notifications.”

“iOS developer Guilherme Rambo found this new bit of information in the HomePod speaker firmware leaked from Apple,” Casey reports. “In a tweet, Rambo revealed a new term to iOS called ‘TLAttentionAwarenessObserver,’ which appears in conjunction with other phrases that refer to changing ringtones when attention is detected and updating alert volume dynamically.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Of course, you’ll have a setting, so you’ll be able to turn this new feature off or, perhaps, even modify the volume level when the device is aware of your attention.

When the device knows you’re looking at it or even if you’re nearby (within eyesight sensorsight), there’s a lot that can be accomplished to improve the user experience beyond simply unlocking the device.