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Apple looks to make smartphones smarter in effort to extend battery life

Published Jul 25th, 2013 1:35PM EDT

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Motorola’s 2013 Droid smartphone lineup offers plenty of new features compared to previous-generation models, but one area of improvement is particularly exciting. The company’s new Droid phones were unveiled along with very impressive battery life claims — in particular, Motorola says the new Droid Maxx will last a remarkable 48 hours on a single charge. Motorola isn’t the only company focused on smartphone battery life though, and a newly published patent application filed recently by Apple shows us one method it is investigating in an effort to improve the iPhone’s battery performance.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a patent application filed by Apple covering “Power management for electronic devices.” The patent application was uncovered by AppleInsider, which described the new Apple tech as “a 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.”

Apple’s system also uses location data to adjust settings based on the usage patterns in various locations.

The new system sounds a lot like Motorola’s Smart Actions solution, though it adds in intelligent adaptive features that do the heavy lifting whereas Smart Actions requires that the user configure various actions manually.

While a patent is by no means evidence that this technology will appear in Apple’s iPhone anytime soon, it is at least an indication that Apple is experimenting with new ways to improve the iPhone’s battery life.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.