Two recent patent filings might help Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone users keep their phones juiced longer. These filings were published on Thursday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple new patent helps measure phone usage
One patent is titled “Inferring user intent from battery usage level and charging trends” and it suggests a way to save battery power just by determining how often you use your smartphone. This technology will keep track of when the phone is used and when it isn’t. It also keeps track of how long you charge the phone. The patent was further elaborated as such:
“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.”
This patent could alter different parameters in an effort to either deliver or conserve battery power. Such parameters could include screen brightness or CPU clock speed.
Apple second patent focuses on app consumption
The second patent was titled “Predicting user intent and future interaction from application activities”. This patent is similar to the one above; however, it monitors apps and tasks instead. This helps it to adjust power consumption
This patent is described as such:
“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 activities of programs running within the portable device and to predict user intent at a given point in time and possible subsequent user interaction with the portable device based on the activities of the program. Power management logic is configured to adjust power consumption of the portable device based on the predicted user intent and subsequent user interaction of the portable device, such that remaining power capacity of a battery of the portable device satisfies intended usage of the portable device.”
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been getting a lot of patents filed lately, however many of those patents may never see use in a future product, so it’s too early to get your hopes up.