Apple Awarded Patent That Lets Users Share Content With Others While on Hold

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple was awarded a U.S. patent on Tuesday that appears to covers a way for iPhone users to share content with each other when phone calls are placed on hold.

    The patent, number 8,494,123, is for an "on-hold visual menu from a user's communication device" and describes a system that shares a variety of content like pictures, music, videos, upcoming calendar events, and location information to the person that is being put on hold. For example, someone put on hold could look through the other caller's public Photo Stream.

    Additionally, privacy settings allow certain types of data, such as location or photos, to be limited within a specific group of people (for example, family members) while automatically sharing other content with all users placed on hold. Content can also be personalized to each specific caller.

    When an iPhone owner is ready to continue a call, an on screen message, audible tone, or vibration will occur, alerting the on-hold user that the call will be resumed.

    As with all Apple patents, there is no guarantee that the on-hold sharing feature will make it into a final product.

    Article Link: Apple Awarded Patent That Lets Users Share Content With Others While on Hold
  2. macrumors regular


    May 1, 2012
    Athens, GA
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2011
    This needs to be added to iOS 7. Awesome feature that would be very helpful for when you need to put someone on hold and don't want them to hang up.
  4. macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Oh my god, patents are the most stupid thing on earth. I don't know how you can breath easily in US - there is no patent for TAKING A BREATH? You're not paying, so you can't use that feature...
  5. macrumors 601

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Just my guess but I'm thinking that the patent is for the way the feature is implemented, not the actual idea itself. I'm sure every cell company has thought of this.
  6. macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    You know what else works. Having patience until the party can resume the call. Or call back.

    Also I've heard that iMessage, WhatsApp, Email and other such apps can send pictures, video, audio, etc while you're not only on hold - but during the call as well. AMAZING!
  7. macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2012
    Ask the NSA
  8. Porco, Jul 23, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2013

    macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2005
    This makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a pencil… brb,

    agghghghhhh... Yhar wss a misrake! Stipod patemwts!
  9. macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2011
  10. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    they should work first on making simultaneous use of calls & internet tethering more stable
  11. macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2003
    Alberta, Canada

    I'm sure that it will be a wonderful feature they will get sued over yet again because Samsung....I mean some patent troll will claim they did it first.
  12. donutbagel, Jul 23, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    Since they're going into the home and office phone system here... why not give the AirPort Express the ability to plug into a landline with a regular phone jack and give the iPhone/iPod/iPad an AirPlay-facilitated phone connection at home or in the office?

    Oh yeah, and if we can do this while putting others on hold, why not let us do it over Facetime?
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    Bob Smith, who are you, and what have you done with John Appleseed?
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2005
    When someone puts me on a hold, I'm expecting to have to wait less than 30 seconds before hanging up. If someone starts streaming a picture slideshow or a video to me, I'm probably hanging up as soon as it starts.
  15. macrumors 65816

    May 30, 2007
    Why is this "patent" awarded?

    The USPTO is basically a joke nowadays, filled with little nerds who couldn't get a high paying job out of school, so they try to curry favors by approving such nonsense in the hope that after a few of these approvals they can make the jump to a corporation like Apple.

    And yes, "patents" like this (many would actually fail in court) are stifling innovation and Apple has become one of the worst patent trolls.
  16. macrumors 603


    Jan 8, 2009

    "Samsung and Apple prepare for next patent suit"
  17. macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    Exactly! They ruin progress
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    Umm dont smart phones already have the abilities to share data/pics etc.. when in a phone conversation on hold or not? Whats the big deal?
  19. macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    More like protect ideas from being stolen from someone else...:rolleyes:
  20. macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2011
    This is awesome, now when your talking, driving, and texting and the person puts you on hold, you can now scroll thru their pictures... Have we really become that impatient that we need to be entertained while on hold, and who really puts anyone on hold anymore.
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    Content sharing while on hold is a pretty specific idea and is one that isn't implemented anywhere right now. Sounds like a pretty legit patent to me.
  22. macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2013
    Down in the Ether, looking at your bits...
    Really? I've got a Lumia 920, I can put someone on hold and send whatever to them (or anyone else for that matter) by MMS. Thinking about it, I'm fairly sure my old N95 could do it too... There's absolutely no innovative step here so far as I can see...
  23. macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2011
    This is awfully trivial to patent. In hindsight, it was pretty trivial to bar MS from using Windows based on Apple getting there first with the Mac. I mean imagine if English had been the first and only language in the garden of eden and French got banned as a patent infringement? Apple should get market share for putting everything together in the best possible way on the best possible hardware, not because they are blocking everybody else from doing stuff that seems pretty obvious once you hear about it. And yeah, Apple is far from the worst offender - the worst being patent trolls.

    I am also feeling less and less sorry for Apple in the vs. Samsung case. For all of Samsung's obvious "copying" their products still won't be confused with Apples and can't hold a candle to them. So Apple doesn't have the 80% market share they crave - get over it.
  24. macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2013
    Down in the Ether, looking at your bits...
    You might find it hard to believe, but something similar was just recently litigated in England in SAS v WPL.
  25. macrumors 68000

    Aug 23, 2011
    nothing could do that and plus share pictures or music by having two phones touch each other.

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