Apple feels your spam call pain. The company apparently filed a patentcalled "Detection of spoofed call information" that would enable an iPhone tocheck whether a call is legitimate. If it's not, the phone would automaticallyeither display a warning to the user or prevent call alerts, such as ringing andvibration. The patent was first spotted by Apple Insider.
How can a phone identify a spam or spoofed call? The patent makes clearthat the phone would check against established, legitimate call parameters inorder to determine the validity of a call that's being connected. The phonewould analyze the information being sent over the call, including networkequipment identifiers, server identifiers and more.
Apple isn't the only handset manufacturer working on this kind oftechnology. At Google's event this week, the company introduced a Call Screenfeature that utilizes Google Assistant to help weed out spam calls.
Additionally, an update to the company's phone app from earlier this year sendsspam calls directly to voicemail.
It's important to note that Apple files many patents that it doesn'tactually do anything with. But with spam calls on the rise, and people gettingmore and more frustrated by them (how many of you actually answer phone callsfrom numbers you don't recognize anymore?), having a feature like this on theiPhone could be incredibly useful.