On Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Workplace revealed a patent software from Apple that pertains to a doable future function that may present iPhone customers with a quicker, extra environment friendly methodology of charging their iPhone. Apple describes this function as a “protecting charging mode.” Apple’s new function will present customers with a way of making certain that they do not over-charge their iPhone battery which ends up in harm and poor efficiency over time.
At present Apple gives one thing related although not as intensive underneath ‘Battery’ in settings, then underneath ‘Battery Well being.’ It could seem as if Apple needs to make sure that customers do not overlook this function by offering a extra dramatic set of interfaces to seize the person’s consideration.
The brand new or vastly up to date function will improve the effectiveness, effectivity and person satisfaction of their gadgets, like an iPhone. Such strategies and interfaces might complement or exchange different strategies for indicating a charging mode of an digital machine.
With intensive each day use, the will to have a protracted battery life is without doubt one of the most vital operational traits of the digital machine. Nonetheless, as the general measurement of the digital machine continues to get smaller, the interior house of the digital machine additionally will get smaller. This decreased inside house might lead to a smaller battery as properly. With a smaller battery utilized in digital machine, the battery might must be charged each day, and even a number of occasions a day.
The charging of an digital machine akin to an iPhone sometimes contains electrically coupling the digital machine to an exterior energy supply. The exterior energy supply might cost a depleted battery to a full cost stage (e.g., 100%). As soon as the battery reaches the complete cost stage, the digital machine might cease charging the battery, which can in the end enable the absolutely charged battery to deplete. When the battery depletes to a predetermined minimal cost stage (for instance, 90%), the digital machine might as soon as once more cost the battery with energy equipped by the exterior energy supply till the battery reaches the complete cost stage once more. When an digital machine stays related to the exterior energy supply, the cycle between full cost stage and predetermined minimal cost stage might happen a number of occasions. That is more likely to happen when charging it in a single day.
With every cost to the complete cost stage and/or every cycle between the complete cost stage and the predetermined minimal cost stage, the lifetime of sure sorts of batteries could also be decreased.
Extra particularly, every time such batteries cycle between the complete cost stage and predetermined minimal cost stage throughout the standard charging course of, the battery’s capability to carry a most cost for a length of time could also be decreased.
Over time the discount within the battery’s capability to carry the cost might consequence within the battery needing to be charged a number of occasions a day. When the battery can’t be charged a number of occasions a day, the battery could also be fully depleted and the digital machine could also be inoperable (e.g., shutdown because of lack of energy).
A protecting charging mode might enhance a battery’s capability to carry cost a cost over time by decreasing the period of time that the battery stays within the absolutely charged state.
Apple’s invention offers an digital machine, akin to an iPhone with a quicker, extra environment friendly methodology with interfaces that point out when a protecting charging mode is enabled for the digital machine.
Such strategies and interfaces optionally complement or exchange different strategies for indicating a charging mode. Such strategies and interfaces scale back the cognitive burden on a person and produce a extra environment friendly human-machine interface.
Apple additional notes that whereas an digital machine is in a charging configuration with respect to an exterior energy supply, a person interface might point out that charging of the energy-storage element has been stopped earlier than reaching a full cost stage. The person interface can also embrace a visible indication that the digital machine is in a protecting charging mode wherein charging of the energy-storage element is delayed primarily based on predetermined standards.
On the finish of the day, gadgets just like the iPhone could also be supplied with quicker, extra environment friendly strategies and interfaces for indicating a protecting charging mode, thereby growing the effectiveness, effectivity, and person satisfaction of their gadgets, like an iPhone. Such strategies and interfaces might complement or exchange different strategies for indicating a charging mode of an digital machine.
Protecting Charging Mode Interfaces
The next patent figures cowl interfaces referring to the newly invented ‘Protecting Charging Mode’ function that may very well be set for future iPhones.
A number of of Apple’s patent FIGS. beneath cowl an training person interface #618 as introduced in patent FIG. 6K. The training person interface is displayed when an iPhone is positioned in a charging configuration with respect to the exterior energy supply for the primary time after having the protecting charging mode functionality enabled (e.g., after a software program replace enabling the protecting charging mode; after turning on the aptitude in a settings interface, as proven in FIGS. 7A-7C additional beneath).
The training person interface is an academic notification describing the protecting charging mode. In some embodiments, the training person interface features a affirm affordance #620. In response to detecting an enter akin to the affirm affordance, the training person interface ceases to be displayed and is changed with person interface 604 as proven in FIG. 6B,
In some embodiments, the training person interface ceases to be displayed after a predetermined period of time.
Apple’s patent FIG. 8 beneath is a flowchart. Some operations in methodology #800 are, optionally, mixed, the orders of some operations are, optionally, modified, and a few operations are, optionally, omitted.
Additional, methodology #800 offers an intuitive approach for indicating a protecting charging mode of an digital machine. The tactic reduces the cognitive burden on a person for figuring out whether or not the digital machine is in a protecting charging mode, thereby making a extra environment friendly human-machine interface.
Apple’s patent software quantity 20200358302 that was revealed Thursday by the U.S. Patent Workplace was filed again This autumn 2019. Apple’s unique submitting, by way of a provisional patent was filed in Q2 2019.
Contemplating that this can be a patent software, the timing of such a product to market is unknown presently.