iOS 6 Will Have A New Call-Blocking Feature, Maybe Connected To ‘Do Not Disturb’ Feature

iOS 6 Will Have A New Call-Blocking Feature, Maybe Connected To ‘Do Not Disturb’ Feature

Will we finally be able to block those late-night, slurred-word phone calls? Here’s to hoping.

The new iPhone 5 announcement is expected to happen tomorrow at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. When all the excitement dies down, however, will the device have the staying power that its earlier versions had? Will it beat out Samsung’s new offerings? Will consumers, perhaps suffering iPhone fatigue, be looking for something that thinks even more different?

It does seem that we know all there is to know about the iPhone 5 and its accompanying operating system (iOS 6), but is that actually true? In an article about the high expectations for the iPhone 5 announcement tomorrow, The Wall Street Journal – well known to be the leak source of choice for Apple – drops a tasty tidbit in a seemingly innocuous paragraph.

The Journal spends some time walking through the possible downsides of such high expectations, and then mentions a feature we haven’t heard to be included in iOS 6, yet.

The next iPhone, which has been referred to internally by the code name N41, has been in the works for more than a year, a person familiar with the matter said. Apple is expected to tweak the smartphone’s shape with a slightly larger screen and a different shell, and it will work with wireless carriers’ fastest LTE networks and run new mobile software. That software, iOS 6, includes improvements to voice-activated assistant Siri, a new digital-coupon-and-passes service called Passbook, and new call-blocking features, among several others.

Could this be a mere mention of the Do Not Disturb feature of iOS 6, which shuts off notifications when iPhone users wish to, well, not be disturbed? Or is it a wholly different feature, something many users have surely wanted before after a few too many drunk-dial calls?

We’ll not know until the final unveiling, perhaps tomorrow. What do you think?

  • suz5ive

    What I’d like to know if blocking of specific phone numbers from texting and/or calling will ever be available on the iPhone without extra charges. I believe Verizon offers it, but I have AT&T. I don’t think adding parental controls to my plan is ideal, but appears to be the only option available. Any ideas?

  • DaveWeinstock

    The author of that article is referring to the new feature in iOS 6 in which an incoming call can be denied, and automatically replied to with a text message or have the iPhone remind you to call the number back in 10 minutes. This is a feature of iOS 6 that was announced at WWDC. The author of the article referred to it as a “call-blocking” feature, but really call-replying or call-reminding fits a little better.

    TL/DR: This is not a new feature. Its this feature: http://www.apple.com/ios/ios6/#phone

  • Shane Bryson

    “…that its earlier versions has had?” *have had

  • mr_bee

    This would be great if true.

    On another note …
    I just noticed how much the background in the iOS 6 icon looks like a fingerprint.

  • BigLama

    This would be great if true.

    On another note …
    I just noticed how much the background in the iOS 6 icon looks like a fingerprint.

    Ill be damned!! Your right!! Do you think we could possibly get fingerprint scanning to unlock the iPhone?!

  • joewaylo
    This would be great if true.

    On another note …
    I just noticed how much the background in the iOS 6 icon looks like a fingerprint.

    Ill be damned!! Your right!! Do you think we could possibly get fingerprint scanning to unlock the iPhone?!

    Doubt it. This would raise a slew of concerns like scanned and trojaned to hackers that gained access. Or say they lifted the print from your last drinking up then swiped it through to unlock.

    Visual unlock would be a better security feature.

About the author

Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, Creative Screenwriting, Shelf-Awareness, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef, and send him a cookie once in a while; he'll really appreciate it.

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)| Read more posts by .

Posted in News | Tagged: , , , , |