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.
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?

Source: The Wall Street Journal