Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)

A system for data processing that, in one form, uses smart reminders to permit users to reject an incoming phone or text message call, and then trigger the system to send a smart reminder about the call. In one instance, the system can use the system’s current state or its context (e.g. The system could make use of the state of the user or their context (e.g., if the user is driving or watching a film) in order to determine which reminding options it will display and when they should be activated depending on the chosen options for reminders.

A common disadvantage with current phone screens that are incoming for handheld phones is that the user is only able to accept the call, reject the call, or send the person calling directly to voicemail. FIG. FIG. 1 shows the prior art incoming phone display. It provides the user with only two options: either accept or decline the call. The user can choose to reply to the caller by sending an email instead of accepting the call or reminding them to return the call. However, the caller must first choose to decline the call.

Pub. U.S. App. 2009/0290696, Pub. U.S. App. 2005/0041793, U.S. Pat. Nos. 7,145,998 & 7,647,042.

A data processing system of a handheld device that presents a triggered reminder for display on an LCD touchscreen, e.g., for an incoming phone call that was declined. The information could include a change to the operational condition of the device, the application that is the primary one, the location of the device or specific user activity. A change in the state of the operationalconfigured state can include a change to the networked state of the device. Changes in the frontmost application can result in changes to the status of active or inactive of the most frontal application. A change to the location of the device, where GPS information is used by the device to determine the location of the device, could include a future potential destination of the user, or the moving or leaving of a feature on a map. It could also indicate changes in a specific user activity ofpausing or stopping a movie currently playing in the media player.

In one example, a data processing system for a handheld device is described. It allows users to receive incoming calls and launch an application. It could be a note application in one particular embodiment.

A data processing system for handheld devices, in one of its embodiments is described. It provides different options to a user of the device to responding to incoming calls based on different directions that users swipe on the display of the device.

A data processing system uses smart reminders, for example, to allow a user to decline an incoming call, and also to trigger the system to create a smart reminder. One method determines the current status of the device. For example, it can detect if the device is in the vehicle or playing media (e.g. film) and present an option to set a reminder. The reminder can be set to activate in the event that the device’s condition alters. If the device has an established Bluetooth connection, it can detect that the device is inside the vehicle. The system will give the option of reminding the user whenever the condition of the device (in the car) changes. This is based on the loss of Bluetooth connectivity. In a different embodiment the device’s GPS (Global Positioning System)receiver is able to determine that, due to the high velocity of the GPS receiver that the device is located in a vehicle and perform the manner described herein, regardless of whether Bluetooth connectivity is not present (or the device is not connected to the vehicle’s Bluetooth system).

In one embodiment the form and content of the reminder options depend upon the device’s state or the context. For instance, if a device detects that it isn’t in a vehicle, the reminder options relating to or related to the vehicle are not presented to the user. The device can also determine that the application for media players (e.g. iTunes) is not running. iTunes) isn’t playing media (e.g. or a film) or not playing media, then the notification options that relate to or refer to the media aren’t presented to the user.

The above summary does not contain an exhaustive listing of all the aspects of the invention. It is contemplated that the invention covers all systems and methods that can be practiced using any combination of the different aspects described above, and also those disclosed in the Detailed Description that follows.

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