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

35. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

So then... this is what the President was meeiting with Tim Cook about? Apple joining the ranks as a front-runner for PRISM? I guess we'll know more if the import sales ban is vetoed.

34. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

I hope apple wont make a patent which tracks your personal life specially bank lol. Apple sure love to patent.

33. JMartin22

Posts: 2429; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Every time I see one of these articles about Apple putting a patent on something, I always sigh in dismay. They almost never capitalize on these ridiculous ideas and when one company finally comes close to doing something they "conceived", they jump in the litigation wagon.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This (as usual with Apple) already exists. Snapdragon BatteryGuru does this.

24. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

edit: as usual with the USPTO.

19. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Trusting apple is like trusting th gov with private information. At a certain point it's going to get lost meaning apple conveniently sold the info to someone

17. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

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

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"?

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: 17544; 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.

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.

8. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

20. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; 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: 248; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

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

3. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

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

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: 31816; 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: 1778; 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: 31816; 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: 1778; 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: 31816; 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: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He woke up under the bed Smurf. +1 bro

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