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Apple wants to make the iPhone, iPad better devices for conference calling

Apple w Apple wants to make the iPhone and iPad better devices for conference calling as evidenced by a new patent filing dubbed “portable multifunction device, method, and graphical user interface for conference calling.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that many smartphones support a “conference call” feature that allows three or more parties (corresponding to three or more phones) to participate in a single conversation simultaneously. Of course, iPads and Macs do this as well thanks to FaceTtime.

The tech giant says that currently, it’s difficult for a phone user to manage a conference call, including such tasks as adding a new party to the conference call, removing an existing party from the conference call, temporarily converting the conference call into a private phone call with one of the existing parties, and returning to the conference call from the private phone call. With present devices, it’s not readily apparent to a user how to perform these tasks, the tech giant adds.. 

Apple says there’s a is a need for portable multifunction devices with more transparent and intuitive user interfaces for managing a conference call between multiple parties that are easy to use, configure, and/or adapt. It adds that “such interfaces increase the effectiveness, efficiency and user satisfaction with portable multifunction devices.”

Here’s the summary of the patent filing: “The present disclosure generally relates to managing phone calls. In some embodiments, an electronic device with a touch screen displays a phone call user interface which includes, informational items associated with phone calls as well as other affordances. In some embodiments, the phone call user interface enables a user the electronic device to access various phone call management functions.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.