Looks like another Apple patent just came down the pipeline. This one is for an addition to the iPhone phone application that will allow users to share music and media while talking on the phone. This news has lead to renewed rumors that Apple is working on a video calling application.
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"For example, an individual may call his friend to discuss music, but in order for the friend to listen to the music, the individual either may have to send the music to the friend using a device other than his telephone, or he may have to end the phone call and use the telephone to send the friend an email with the music attached."
This line comes from the Apple patent briefing, and it presents a fairly plausible situation to base a new application around. The way it will work is simple; Apple will put an “add media” option to the phone application which you will be able to select in-call to send media or (one presumes) web links to the people you're talking with. The patent also talks of the ability to request a video conference so that they can share videos from Youtube without breaking off the call.
The patent also talks about allowing the transmission of videos and music during face-to-face video conferences, which are currently not possible as the iPhone does not have a forward-facing camera. It's entirely possible that the video conferencing portions of the patent won't see the light of day in a product until a later version of the iPhone, but that won't stop the rumor mill from churning.
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