Apple Patents In-Call Messaging and File Transfer

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I really hope this iPhone patent gets implemented. Not because I personally need it, but because it's cool: Apple has designed a method to transfer messages or archives to whoever you are talking with on the phone, in real time:

While a user of a mobile device is using telephony services, the user may want to send a message or a file to another part. To send this information, the user may have to disconnect the call, and then perform a lookup of the caller's contact information prior to being able to send the message or file. This multi-step process can be tedious for the user.

With this new method, you won't need to disconnect to send a file or some text data. You would be able to get into your phone, get whatever you need—like an image, an address, or a URL—and send it straight to the person you are talking with. It looks like an instant chat with another phone.

This would be a neat feature indeed. And hopefully, one that means that actual chat will be coming to the iPhone too straight from Apple, with text, files, and video support. [AppleInsider]