News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday March 04, 2014.
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Screening calls on a mobile phone allows device owners to wait until a message is left, listen to a voice mail, and then decide to call back. However, there's a possibility that we might someday be able to screen calls the old fashion way and listen as they are recorded.
Apple has been granted a patent for "Audio call screening for hosted voicemail systems." The heavy technical explanation for how the patent works can be read here, but the main point is that if a phone is not answered, the caller is taken to a voicemail system that is able to let the recipient listen to the message in real-time. Though the speaker is running, the microphone is automatically disabled and a recording of the message continues as if it were standard voicemail. If the recipient believes there's an emergency or subject worth discussing, he or she can press a button to stop the recording and answer the call in order to have a conversation. Less pressing matters can be left alone so the recording can continue.
AppleInsider reports that this is likely one of the patents that Apple obtained from the 6,000 Nortel patents Apple purchased alongside several other companies in 2011. It is not an indication that we'll see this feature in iOS 8, but it is something that Apple could theoretically do if the company deems it worth pursuing.via: AppleInsider
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.