This Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone Speaker Patent Could Change the Future of the Device

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Are you the type of person who talks on his or her Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone for many hours everyday? If so, you are just like millions of other users.

Along the same line, you may find that your Apple iPhone’s volume is not always where you want it to be. Subsequently, you find yourself changing the volume controls as you move from one conversation to the next.

Apple Inc. (AAPL)While you may have this strategy mastered, there has to be an easier way. And guess what? Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) appears to be closing in on the answer.

The Cupertino based company was recently awarded a patent that would allow the iPhone to increase and decrease volume, while also altering between speakers, based on how far away the phone is from the user.

It is hard to say exactly how the patent will work and what it will do during an actual conversation, but this is one piece of technology that could definitely reach the market in a future Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone.

For more on this patent and what it offers, let’s check out the abstract from the official U.S. Patent and Trademark Office page:

“One or more acoustic transducers of a device may be adjusted based on automatic detection of device proximity to the user. In a mobile telephone, when the user is using the receiver and holding the telephone against his/her ear, if the telephone detects that the user has moved the telephone further from his/her ear, the telephone will raise the receiver volume. Similarly, if the user is using the speaker, the telephone will adjust the speaker volume as user distance from the telephone changes. In another embodiment the telephone may fade between the receiver and the speaker. Volume is not the only acoustic property that could be adjusted according to user proximity. Frequency response is another property that could be adjusted, such as using appropriate electronic filtering, or by turning on another transducer that is not otherwise being used.”

As you can see, this technology would be perfect for those who are holding their Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone close to their ear as well as situations in which the speaker feature is called upon.

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