Apple patent application details advanced handsfree iPhone voice control, audio feedback

“Apple has shown continued interest in creating robust handsfree software for its mobile devices like the iPhone, and new filings detail how the company could make such a system more responsive and efficient than current systems,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“The details come from a handful of patent applications revealed this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Discovered on Thursday by AppleInsider, they offer a glimpse of how Apple’s rumored voice control system — which may be a secret, unannounced feature coming to iOS 5 later this year — could work,” Hughes reports.

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“The first application, entitled Adaptive Audio Feedback System and Method, notes that current audio feedback systems are inefficient, particularly when dealing with items that may contain a large amount of information. Presenting so much to a user audibly can be overwhelming and result in a negative experience,” Hughes reports. “Apple also addressed the voice control side of handsfree systems in a second patent application published this week. Entitled Processing of Voice Inputs, it aims to address user frustration that often emerges when using a voice control system.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. What would really be nice is to also have an auto-answer feature, I used to have this on previous cellphones, You just input a list of pre-approved phone numbers, and when you set the phone to auto-answer after a specified number of rings, it would do so. This works awesome when driving a car or a bike… huge on my wishlist.

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