A new Apple patent could finally give iPhone owners some relief from spam calls by automatically recognizing a fake call and warning users accordingly, via AppleInsider. As the patent claims describe, Apples system would try to analyze the technical data of incoming calls to determine whether or not theyre legitimate calls or masked, forwarded internet calls that are hiding behind a spoofed caller ID. Once a call has been identified, the system would then display a warning to the user that the incoming call might not be legitimate. Spam call blocking is an area where Google is miles ahead of Apple. Pixel phones already do their best to flag spam calls as soon as they come in. And Google is adding another layer to the Pixel 3 that will let Google Assistant actually answer and screen questionable calls for you, transcribing the response in real time and making it easy to block and report the number for spam. Apples system described here isnt on the same level as what Googles call-screening service will provide, but its far better than what iPhone users currently have, which is trusting (or paying extra) to their phone carrier to detect spammy calls for them. Again, this is just a patent, so theres no guarantee that Apple is actually going to add this to an iPhone device. But given that it feels like spam calls are only getting worse — earlier this week, a Nobel prize winner ignored the call notifying him of his win because he thought it was a spam call — anything the smartphone maker can do to offer some relief to users will be appreciated.
Nothing is guaranteed, but a new patent details the tool. Apple feels your spam call pain. The company apparently filed a patent called "Detection of spoofed call information" that would enable an iPhone to check whether a call is legitimate. If it's not, the phone would automatically either display a warning to the user or prevent call alerts, such as ringing and vibration. The patent was first spotted by Apple Insider. How can a phone identify a spam or spoofed call? The patent makes clear that the phone would check against established, legitimate call parameters in order to determine the validity of a call that's being connected. The phone would analyze the information being send over the call, including network equipment identifiers, server identifiers and more. Apple isn't the only handset manufacturer working on this kind of technology. At Google's event this week, the company introduced a Call Screen feature that utilizes Google Assistant to help weed out spam calls. Additionally, an update to the company's phone app from earlier this year sends spam calls directly to voicemail. It's important to note that Apple files many patents that it doesn't actually do anything with. But with spam calls on the rise, and people getting more and more frustrated by them (how many of you actually answer phone calls from numbers you don't recognize anymore?), having a feature like this on the iPhone could be incredibly useful.