According to a recently released Apple patent application (via AppleInsider), Apple is investigating methods to offer an iPhone condition sharing system in which users can inspect the specific ‘condition’ of various other iPhone users before calling them, like the ‘Away’ attribute currently present in the majority of instant messaging systems. The patent application, which is merely titled ‘Methods to determine availability of individual based on smart phone condition’ and lists Devrim Varoglu and Swapnil R. Dave as its innovators, explains a system where a request from one user’s smart phone is moved to a remote server over a cellular network, which requests the operating status of the second smart phone.
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The operating condition of the third mobile phone is then displayed on the first mobile phone as part of the contact info of the ‘remote individual’, providing the user a quick status update on whether or not that particular iPhone individual is offered.

The system would call upon several modules of both the device hardware and the operating system, as highlighted in the diagram submitted in the patent above, such as the ‘operating mode’ of the device (411), the individual’s time area (412), the current GPS location (413), the received signal strength indicator (414), the condition of the gadget’s Wi-Fi (415) and the battery fee level (416).
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This info would then be fed into a brand-new ‘status sharing module’, which would sit together with the contacts module on both users’ gadgets and the data would be transferred across the network (the patent filing lists a cellular network, although it’s presumed the new attribute would also work over Wi-Fi also) to a main registration module and phone condition data source. As when it come to iMessage, the brand-new service would probably be tied to the user’s Apple ID or phone number in order to manage the statuses.

Although the patent application was filed back in February of last year, it’s actually not yet been officially granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Apple keeps in mind that the function would serve to customers since ‘incoming voice calls to mobile devices can be intrusive under specific situations’ and it’s ‘preferable to enable callees to evaluate calls and decide in advance whether the calls call for answering.’