A new Apple patent application reveals an innovative way to stretch your iPhone's battery life.
Instead of increasing battery capacity Apple wants to use software to intelligently get you more time unplugged.
The patent takes advantage of a user's location and usage of apps like GPS, games, watching videos, and other tasks. The patent describes a way in which the device will be able to power down certain components of your phone depending your you location and habits.
If Apple has its way, devices will be able to estimate how long a user will spend on their device with battery reserves. It will then determine whether the device has enough power to last for that period. If the battery does not have enough power, the system will adjust "one or more characteristics" to save battery life.
The technology will essentially be able to turn hardware off (like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.) or close running apps to get you more time on your battery.
We're not sure if this technology will make its way into the next line of Apple devices but it is still a step in the right direction to help a huge iPhone issue.
We first noticed this patent application via AppleInsider.
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