California: Apple has applied for a patent detailing “Power Management for Electronic Devices,” a new system that detects a mobile device owner”s usage patterns, estimates the required energy needed to run the phone between charges, and dynamically turns hardware off or closes running software to achieve maximum battery life.
The patent application was published recently by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. According to appleinsider.com, the application reads: “Using a GPS sensor the mobile electronic device may determine, based on its current location, that it may be at least eight hours before the mobile electronic device will be recharged or otherwise connected to an external power source. In this case, the mobile electronic device may modify the power management scheme by adjusting one or more characteristics or settings.” As the device learns the GPS locations of common charging stations (home or work, for instance), it will then modify its “power management scheme,” decreasing screen brightness, turning off unused applications, etc. in response to its distance from those locations. The power management system will adjust dynamically based on the device’s current usage. Users would also have the power to override these settings or implement static management schemes based on their preferences. The system would also account for charging in unknown locations, like airports, train or bus stations. In these locations, the device would “know” that time for a full charge likely won’t be available, and would thus charge the device at “a maximum rate.”