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New iPhone Sensor Patented so Call Sound Can be Adjusted Automatically

iPhone 5S

Innovation and convenience are among the factors that make a product stand out in the market. Since the start of the iPhone revolution, Apple has never failed to introduce simple changes that could make their product stand out from the rest.

According to Techradar, the iPhone has been overshadowed by products from Samsung and HTC due to their bigger screens, better camera captures and more energy-efficient capabilities. Despite that, Apple still remains very competitive due to its ability to make its new products easier to use. So, based on the source, the company is now readying to introduce a more intuitive and more user-friendly product in the form of the upcoming iPhone 5S (or the iPhone 6 in other publications).

Apparently, the Cupertino-based company has patented a new feature for its soon to be released flagship smartphone. The new feature would allow automatic volume adjustment as the smartphone gets closer into the user’s ear.

About the Patent

In the report published by the Apple Insider website, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has approved the patent of Apple for “Adjustment of acoustic properties based on proximity detection”.

The technology makes use of various sensors of the iPhone to detect the closeness of the device to the ear of a person. This would let the phone adjust its volume automatically depending on which part of the sensors were covered or exposed.

Aside from being able to regulate its speaker and receiver volume without the user manually pushing buttons, the new feature would also enable the phone to switch off the conversation when the user has put it down a surface.

So far, it is not clear yet whether the patented technology will debut with the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 but the sources are positive that it might be.

Sources: TechRadar and Apple Insider