Apple Looking to Fix Smartphone Battery Issues With New Patent

By Prarthito

How many new devices do you see these days coming without a massively powerful processor that requires a lot of juice to operate? We are guessing not many. And, unluckily enough, Cupertino-based tech heavyweight Apple, apparently, also falls in the same category where a lot of battery juice is required to run the device. However, all that is about to change.

According to reports, iPhone owners may be able to experience even longer smartphone use time between charges in the future, courtesy of a new power management system which Apple is said to be exploring. The new technology is said to learn users' habits and accordingly adjust the handset's performance bar.

Apple Looking to Fix Smartphone Battery Issues With New Patent


In recent years, owing to the amount of power that's generated within a modern day smartphone, the battery sizes have grown extensively to support that kind of power consumption. However, while Android-based devices have seen that kind of size increase in its in-device batteries, the Apple-made iPhone hasn't experienced that kind of a growth. But, thankfully enough, Apple has now recognized the problem and is working to fix the issue.

The new battery saving system was unearthed recently via an Apple patent application that was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and later discovered by AppleInsider.

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Dubbed "Inferring User Intent From Battery Usage Level and Charging Trends," the patent has detailed a method by which a mobile device will be able to monitor the charge and discharge cycles of its battery. And it will later use that information to predict what the user will be doing at any given time with the phone.

"One area of focus is instantaneous and long term power budgeting. At any given time the information from the heuristics indicates how best to allocate the limited power budget (limited by power supply design or the device's thermal capability) between the various devices," the patent states, as scripted by Apple Insider.


"One could imagine the user being happy with a slightly darker screen when in a dark room if it means that more power can be given to the GPU and the performance of the game increased. Long term power budgeting is concerned with ensuring that the device's power usage over time does not deplete the battery and interrupt the user."

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However, the technology is currently just in a patent stage and it will still require some time before we eventually get to see it for reals via an Apple iPhone or any such Apple-made device.

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