Apple, in addition to the rumoured new features of the next-gen handset, has taken out a patent for the iPhone that provides a media out interface. As part of the patent posting, the text describes how the iPhone will be able to stream video footage via a suitable dock to a TV. Observers have commented that such a combination would be controllable via a TV/Apple remote control unit.
The patent discusses how the phone can still be utilised to take phone calls and that, if a call arrives, the video is interrupted to allow you to take the call. The accompanying interface would allow you to reject or end the call, if necessary, according to the Unwired website.
Yes, this sort of facility is not new, has been utilized by a select few handsets and is part of Bluetooth 3's inherent specification. However, reports are that, if such a facility was going to be integrated in the iPhone, Apple would attempt to maximize the feature to make it a more universally used feature.
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