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Apple patent application could some day help improve the battery life on the Apple iPhone

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Apple patent application could some day help improve the battery life on the Apple iPhone
A patent application filed by Apple could some day lead to longer battery life on the Apple iPhone. The patent, entitled "Inferring user intent from battery usage level and charging trends" explains how the handset can use the battery charging habits of the phone's owner to determine what the phone will be used for at any given time. The battery is then optimized to handle what tasks the owner is expected to use it for next.

To optimize the battery, the screen could darken or brighten and the CPU clock speed could change. While current battery conserving programs wait until the battery is almost dead to implement certain changes to make the remaining battery life stretch out as long as possible, the patent would allow for longer term battery power budgeting so that the battery could last throughout a specific time period.

"Techniques for power management of a portable device are described herein. According to one embodiment, a user agent of an operating system executed within a portable device is configured to monitor daily battery usage of a battery of the portable device, to capturing, by the user agent, daily battery charging pattern of the battery of the portable device, and to inferring, by the user agent, user intent of utilizing the portable device at a given point in time based on a battery operating condition at the point in time in view of the daily battery usage and the daily battery charging pattern. Power management logic is configured to perform power management actions based on the user intent."-Apple patent application

In one example listed in the patent, an iPhone user puts his phone in Airplane mode on a jetliner. The phone communicates using an API with a program (like eWallet or the calendar, to determine the length of the flight. The phone would then automatically adjust the performance of a couple of programs to ensure that the battery could last the entire flight without charging. Pretty cool, huh?

Another example would be the use of eWallet to purchase a drink at a coffee house. Knowing that you will be getting your caffeine fix for the next 20 to 30 minutes, and that you probably will be playing games during that period of time, the system could spring into action making sure "it is in the user's best interest to sacrifice some battery life in favor of improved performance."

Apple's patent application would allow for long-term budgeting of the battery on the Apple iPhone

Apple's patent application would allow for long-term budgeting of the battery on the Apple iPhone


source: USPTO via AppleInsider, Engadget

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posted on 20 Mar 2014, 18:52

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Meh. This sounds like a method patent, which will likely be invalidated by the SCOTUS.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:11 3

2. sprockkets (Posts: 1307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Are you crazy? They'll sit on it for 6 years while it becomes common place and then grant it, then apple will add it to their 5th lawsuit against samsung!

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:43

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Ummm. Perhaps you should read up on patent litigation before commenting. Here is a link to a case the Supremes will hear on March 31: http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/alice-corporation-pty-ltd-v-cls-bank-international/

The betting by attorneys in the patent litigation field is that methods will be ruled to not be patentable. Apple has a bunch of method patents that will suddenly become not enforceable.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:13 5

3. Planterz (Posts: 984; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Well, iPhone battery life couldn't get any worse...

Wait, yes it could. It does every update.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:33 1

5. Scott93274 (Posts: 1289; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Well, take into account the size limitations of those tiny phones, it's not as though they have much space for decently sized batteries to begin with. 1570 mAh for the iPhone 5s just might be the smallest on the market at this point. Maybe with the alleged larger displays of the iPhone 6, they'll be able to prolong the battery life by having enough space to fit a good sized battery in there.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:49

6. Planterz (Posts: 984; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Either they'll have the same crappy battery life, or they'll put a bigger battery in, and claim it as their own new "innovation". Either way, the iPhone will still require a different power cord than every other goddamned phone or other device, and iPhone owners will still be desperatly scrambling for a cord to charge their overpriced hunk of crap, while Android users charge off of micro USB and/or have replaceable batteries and aren't slaves to the wall socket.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:27

9. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


They have a have a lighting to Micro USB adapter made by apple. They are online and range from $5 to $19 depending on where you buy.

http://www.cellphoneshop.net/mi.html?CAWELAID=1661163887&catargetid=530001600000020541&cadevice=c&cagpspn=pla&gclid=CNXR2uXkor0CFa5DMgodcEkAHg

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 09:37

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 12350; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Are you trying to convince us or yourself? "Desperately scrambling" a bit over sensationalizing for green thumbs eh?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:45

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I am just waiting for the press release that AAPL has purchased Mophie….

Then it will all become clear - AAPL was simply doing what it could to drive revenue for Mophie.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:28

13. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


this year:

iphone air and iphone fat.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:53 1

4. gilbert1029 (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


I know apps that already do this.....

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:29

14. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


in ios7

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:17 1

7. techperson211 (Posts: 704; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Same old patent B.S. what would you expect about their battery life? None.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:46

8. ecmedic4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 02 May 2013)


It would be nice if battery tech would advance as well. Instead of having to just add bigger and bigger batteries, battery makers need to make smaller batteries last longer than they do now. Combine that with the battery saving methods in smartphones today and maybe we would only have to charge our phones once every 3-4 days, which would be wonderful in my opinion. With moderate usage i get usually a day and a half out of my iPhone 5, given that part of that time is in standby while i sleep at night. The iPhone has excellent standby time though, uses very little battery.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 04:58

15. sam0124 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jun 2014)


It`s that true? i donnot think iphone battery life would become more longer with the software, i always use external battery ,i like this samsung phone: 234buy.com

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