Apple gets a patent to improve battery life by tracking everything

Apple gets a patent to improve battery life by tracking everything
At this year's WWDC, Apple made it clear that battery life was the number one priority for its new software updates this year. It spent quite a while detailing the ways both MacOS and iOS are going to reorganize how actions are performed in order to improve your battery life. Now, Apple has been granted a patent to improve battery life by tracking everything you do.

The new patent, named simply "Power Management for Electronic Devices", proposes methods where Apple would essentially learn your daily habits. It would take your daily location data and learn when you commute, or when you are usually on the road or away from home. By aggregating that data, Apple would be able to estimate how long it would be until you are able to recharge your device, and take necessary measures to ensure your battery lasts until you can charge it again. 

Of course, this is a very reductive explanation of the patent, which is far more specific about how it tracks you, how it stores data, how it will change settings to improve battery life, and how all of these settings are altered based on when the device is plugged in or unplugged. Overall, it sounds like a good way to help improve battery life, but as with most patents granted by the USPTO, it seems more like a logical conclusion than a true creation. But, by now we can't be too surprised when the USPTO does something like this.

source: USPTO via TechRadar

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36 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i think its the FAA disguised as apple

10. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

lol you stole my picture

27. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

you stole mine bro i had it first lol

12. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

And a patent is needed for this why? Can't they just incorporate it into iOS and be done with it?

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm all in for making battery life better than it is now, but this isn't worthy of a patent. Motorola just announced the Droid MAXX with up to 48 hours of battery life but you don't see them patenting anything. I'm just saying.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder why no ones pushing the envelope on battery technology Smurf. The improvements in battery life are mainly coming from making them bigger, I'd like to see smaller batteries with that kinda life. We've been stuck with L-ion batteries since the mid 90's dude.

6. unbiasedcommenter

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Well, the Ubuntu Edge (if it gets funded) is planning on using a Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery. Hopefully others follow suit.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Battery life factors: software optimization, CPU/GPU optimization, and mAh capacity. The engineers at Apple made the iPhone 5 last about 8 hours over LTE, which is mind blowing considering how much of a battery drain LTE is. The Droid MAXX hands down crushes competition in battery life in a pocketable size. Universities all over the world are discovering ways to make different batteries and enhancements that can go commercial. I'm hoping a new breakthrough happens soon because who wouldn't want better battery life?

13. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wow, you're a f**king genius... you should be a tech CEO. I'm sure no one has thought to research that...oh wait http://www.extremetech.com/computing/153614-new-lithium-ion-battery-design-thats-2000-times-more-powerful-recharges-1000-times-faster

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Inform me when it finds its way into phones. Till then re read my post idiot. I haven't forgotten your last post to me either

18. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You said you wonder why no one is pushing the envelope, well they are moron. If you bothered to exercise your tiny neanderthal brain and read it. "Imagine a smartphone with a battery the thickness of a credit card, which can be recharged in a few seconds" It's only a matter of time. There are also lots of other groups "pushing the envelope" for better batteries using other materials like graphite. Re-read your own stupid post.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I figured your idiot brain wouldn't understand my post. I'll explain what I meant kid. Pushing the envelope was meant to say using the tech rite now, we've been stick with L-ion since the mid 90's Einstein. That means this tech isn't currently employed in our devices. Look at your battery, and tell me what technology it uses. Geewiz dude.

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed today... If you let a comment get to you, I can't imagine what high school was like for you.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He woke up under the bed Smurf. +1 bro

36. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

LG tried out something somewhat new by incorporating Si into Li tech but as with most battery research, it may look promising in the lab but the real world results will be far from it.

28. stealthd unregistered

It's not worthy of a patent based . . . what? I get the feeling you didn't even read the patent before commenting. How do you know Motorola didn't patent something? It might be because "put a bigger battery in it" isn't really a novel invention, but they could be doing more than that.

3. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Been using this for months on my Droid DNA. It's called Battery Guru.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Put it to good use apple, license it and let other platforms benefit.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Oh. That was a good one. *sniff*

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wishful thinking maybe, but I'm just not with the fanboy stuff. I'd like to see everyone benefit...ya know?

31. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Apple sharing, yeah right...let me know when you wake up.

8. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

So, how long until apple sues the NSA for infringing on their Patent? ;P

9. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

This is nuts. Companies are going to have to start patenting everything now, or pay apple for permission to do anything about smartphones.

11. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

apple really has to stop this nonsense

16. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Edit: the USPTO has to stop this nonsense

21. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, Apple does. My dad always used to tell me that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should - my Dad is much better man than Steve Jobs. Taking advantage of a drunk girl is wrong, period. Yes, she shouldn't put herself in that situation, but you are still wrong for doing it.

23. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I wish I could say that comparing the USPTO to a drunk girl is a bad analogy. It's not completely right, but it's closer than I would like. I would say it's more like a club owner who makes it clear that he won't prosecute any thefts that happen in his club. Sure, it's wrong to steal, but if you're going into that club you should have protection because you know the risks. Patents are just as much security as weapon.

30. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

this patent is B.S. seriously those GOV'T need too stop giving APPLE what they want in patents. look at Motorola they already have batteries lasting u 48hrs.

15. zennacko unregistered

Are they trying to log every single place I go daily in exchange of a marginal (if any) battery improvement? Could this be NSApple? or "iPresident will be iWatching"?

17. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

So NSA + Apple = Better Battery....wow

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