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Apple wins patent on tech for auto-optimizing aging devices

updated 09:52 am EDT, Tue March 11, 2014

Could keep older Apple devices relevant for longer

Apple has won rights to a new US patent, Modifying operating parameters of a device based on aging information. The concept would bake aging detection circuitry into a device, set to react if parameters fall outside of a predefined scale, or using data collected from other users. As a device gets older, the circuitry could help optimize performance and extend battery life.

Although it's unknown if Apple actually intends to implement the technology, it could help deal with a common problem in smartphones. Often devices -- including iPhones -- will slow down, lose battery life, and/or die entirely after two or three years. Aging detection could help keep an iPhone functioning normally for longer.





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  1. FireWire

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    Joined: 10-03-99

    Two or three years? I've been using my iPhone 3G since 2008 with the orignal battery, and only need to charge it every two or three days.. OK it doesn't vibrate anymore and my volume buttons "fell" but it's still very usable! Oh, and I don't use a case and have zero scratch :)

  1. And.reg

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    Joined: 02-22-04

    Originally Posted by NewsPosterView Post

    bake aging detection



    I sure like to have my apps tell me how long an apple has been baking...

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