Utility Patent Application (A1)

November 7, 2019

Source: USPTO via Sqoop

Applicants: Apple Inc.

Inventors: Keith W. RAUENBUEHLER, Nicholas M. FRAIOLI, Christopher S. LINN, John J. IAROCCI, Keith STATTENFIELD

A connection manager manages connections for associated user devices by determining whether an incoming connection has been answered at a user device, and if so then generating and transmitting silencing commands to associated user devices using first and second wireless communication modes, with one mode being faster. Connections can comprise phone calls, and modes can comprise push and Bluetooth® messaging. The connection manager can instruct device outputs to provide connection alerts, limited to visual alerts when an associated user device is active, listen for associated user device communications, and instruct device outputs to stop providing alerts when a silencing command is received. Further, a connection manager can receive a signal regarding a headset status, route an outside connection from a phone to the headset when the headset is active or to another device when the headset is not active, detect a change in headset status, and reroute the connection accordingly.