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Apple patent reveals 'superior' audio system for FaceTime and HomePod

Apple's plan to make FaceTime 'realistic' has surfaced in new patents.

  • Updated: September 4, 2017 2:44 PM IST

Apple is reportedly working on an advanced audio system for its video-calling service, FaceTime. This is drawn from a series of fresh Apple patents that have surfaced over the weekend, published straight out of the US Patent & Trademark Office. As inferred from the patents, Apple might be looking at the next generation of audio systems which could be similar to or an upgrade over the HomePod announced earlier this year.

According to PatentlyApple, the new patents shows a new FaceTime audio system which will be dedicated to group conferencing. The ‘superior’ audio system is expected to be powered with advanced spatial understanding in order to deliver a realistic audio experience during group video conferencing. ‘The new system will allow every person in the group FaceTime conference that’s spread across your display to have their own audio-space which will make a conference more realistic,’ the report notes.

The report further states that Apple will gradually and eventually introduce the new audio system in its entire lineup of FaceTime supported hardware which is supposed to be the iPad, iPhone, Mac notebook. It is because these devices will require new microphone setups in order to deliver such a sound experience. Going by the illustrations in the patents, you can notice FaceTime running on iMac like display monitors while each individual’s audio output goes into independent direction. ALSO READ: ARKit: A definitive leap towards making augmented reality mainstream


As per the patent, Apple is likely to introduce such audio systems on its latest audio product, HomePod. The new audio system will also control audio channels based on its user analysis in terms gender and age. So, men, women, and children could get a different hearing spectrum, with the audio system in place. Apple is also said to bring in advance imaging technology on board to further empower the audio system in determining a person’s position in an individual chat window. We recommend readers to not get their hopes high too soon. A patent only suggests that the company is working on such an idea. Since Apple has been granted the patents by officials, it is up to the company to decide when to implement such a design. There are chances that such a device might not even see the reality very soon.

  • Published Date: September 4, 2017 2:42 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 4, 2017 2:44 PM IST