Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Future iPhones could guess when you quit listing to music and respond accordingly

This graphic illustrates a device operating in a physical environment in accordance with some implementations of the patent filing.

Future iPhones and Apple Watches could detect what you’re doing and respond accordingly when it comes to music playback. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20220291743) for “proactive actions based on audio and body movement.”

The patent filing relates to electronic devices that use sensors to obtain information to understand physical environments and provide audio and/or visual content. As Apple notes, many electronic devices include microphones that capture audio from the physical environments around the devices. Such audio information may be analyzed to identify songs and other sounds in the environments around the devices and to provide information about such sounds. 

The idea is that an iPhone (probably paired with AirPods or AirPods Pro) could detect when you’re bobbing your head to music or dancing. When you stop, the music would pause to, among other things, conserve battery life. 

Apple’s patent filing includes devices, systems, and methods that determine that a user is interested in audio content by determining that a movement (e.g., a user’s head bob) has a time-based relationship with detected audio content (e.g., the beat of music playing in the background). 

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.