Tech giant Apple is reportedly investigating how a future iPhone could save power by automatically pausing playback when you’re not paying attention to the media.
Just about any Apple device bar can let the Apple Pencil play music or some sort of audio, and most have microphones, AppleInsider reports.
The tech giant wants to use those microphones, and many other sensors, to determine whether you are paying attention.
The recently unveiled patent application, “Proactive Actions Based on Audio and Body Movement,” could be applied to any Apple device, but it specifically involves stopping audio.
And that’s specifically about stopping to conserve battery rather than wasting it on something you’re no longer interested in, the report said.
There are other options, such as showing information about an artist when you are detected as interested.
But like most patent filings, this one focuses most on determining your lack of attention and less on what exactly actions might follow.
Apple even said that “various actions can be taken proactively based on identifying the interest in the content” of the music or other audio being played.