Phone call loudspeaker

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by Frejusman, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. Frejusman macrumors newbie

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    jusg wondered if anyone knew how to change the settings as when I’m on a phone call and want it on loudspeaker I press the speaker button and then have to select loudspeaker as gives you the options of phone loudspeaker or apple watch?
     
  2. Nigel Goodman macrumors member

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    Yes, I find this really annoying as well (the choices change according to where you are with the iPhone). I like to answer calls without my glasses, and having to make a second choice is quite difficult under these circumstances. I can see the big speaker button, but then the small text is impossible to read.
     
  3. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816

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    This is annoying when I’m home. I get my iMac and MacBook as choices as well.
     
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  5. chabig macrumors 603

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    Yes. That's how it works. All available audio outputs are presented.
     
  6. Nigel Goodman macrumors member

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    Doesn't stop it being annoying though.
     
  7. chabig macrumors 603

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    Suppose you have five audio devices within range of your phone. How else would you implement the feature?
     
  8. Nigel Goodman macrumors member

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    Have a selector that allows the phone to remember your choice.
     
  9. chabig, Oct 2, 2018
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    chabig macrumors 603

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    Software designers have to think about everyone's use case, not just a few users. Suppose the phone remembered that you wanted to send audio to the speaker when you press the button, you're now wearing AirPods and press the button. The speaker turns on and you get mad. How do you deal with that case? Do you now need another button go change the audio?

    And remember the audio outputs are dynamic. At home you might see a HomePod. If the phone remembers that setting and you're out of the house, what should happen when you touch the speaker button? What if the remembered setting is AirPods and I'm no longer wearing them?

    My point is that your preference can change based on the situation. Asking the user where the audio should go seems like a reasonable question to me.
     
  10. Nigel Goodman macrumors member

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    If software designers were really thinking about everyone then consideration should also be made for those people (like me) who do not use AirBuds or headphones or HomePods or external speakers to answer or make calls! All we (I) want to do is for the sound to go to the phone's headset speaker first OR the phone speaker if the button is pressed. My selector would be to include or exclude external speakers and headphones. The question about other choices would be reasonable if that is what we wanted. Sorry to be selfish.
     
  11. chabig macrumors 603

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    That's exactly how it works today. If you don't use any external devices, then pressing the button takes it directly to speaker.
     
  12. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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