We often set our phones to vibrate when we don’t want to disturb others. This is nice at a movie theater or anywhere else where the phone may be in our pocket or bag. However, a vibrating phone on a nightstand, desk or file cabinet is probably a heck of a lot louder than the ringer would have been. It also scares the daylights out of you when it happens. Apple is trying to fix that, according to a patent application.
If the report is accurate, and if Apple actually makes use of the patent application, the company is using the handset’s microphones in conjunction with sensors to monitor outside noise levels and somehow adjust the vibration level and tuning to reduce unwanted noise.
It’s an interesting idea, but we wonder when, or if, it will be used in future iPhone models.