Apple New Patents: When it comes to patents, one thing is for sure: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has no intention of slowing down. The company is well known for patenting its technology, as well as ideas they hope to work on in the future.
Yesterday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office made it known that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was granted 48 new patents. As you can imagine, these cover a variety of ideas.
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The patents covered many types of technologies, ranging from an integrated touch screen to motion based payment confirmation and much more.
One of the most interesting Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patents is entitled: On-hold call monitoring systems and methods. Anything that has to do with the company’s iPhone is well worth learning more about.
Here is what the abstract says:
“Systems and methods are provided for monitoring telephone calls that are placed on hold. The telephone calls may be between user electronic devices and call centers, such as customer service departments. In some embodiments, the electronic device can monitor an on-hold telephone call using a background process, which may free up a user interface of the electronic device for one or more non-phone-related tasks. The electronic device can monitor the telephone call for an indicator that a live operator is or will soon be present on the telephone call. Responsive to detecting the indicator, the electronic device can alert the user and allow the user to take control of the telephone call. In some embodiments, the electronic device can obtain information about the call center, such as expected on-hold wait-times, to determine whether an on-hold call should be monitored.”
Another intriguing patent is this one: Systems and methods for integrating a portable electronic device with a bicycle
Here is what it can do: