In a patent, filed in September 2018 and validated yesterday, April 6, 2021, Apple describes a system of “Intelligent advice to notify the need for recharging” of a device. If the Cupertino giant has already made sure to allow users to reduce the power consumption of their mobile device, this time it is more a question of warning them at the right time of the need to recharge their iPhone or Mac, for example. .
As the patent states, “Often, a low battery indication is based on a pre-set threshold of remaining charge and it is not received in time for the user to correct the problem.
For example, if a user usually charges her smartphone at night, but forgets to do so at some point, receiving the low battery indication just before leaving for work will not give her time to do so ”.
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Obviously, these smart notifications require many factors to be taken into account, in addition to the battery level. It is therefore necessary to ensure that the alert system is able to identify the user’s behavior according to the days of the week, its uses and its location. As it should, Apple takes the trouble to clarify from the outset that the data collected will be processed locally and will not leave the device.
Thus, depending on the habits and probable behaviors, the notification system will anticipate the sending of the message. Said in the words of Apple employees in the patent, it gives:
“Depending on the state of charge of the battery of the computing device, a notification may be sent to the user if there is a high probability that the user will not be able to last until the next charge. more likely […] even if the current state of charge is greater than the set threshold of 10% remaining energy ”. Simple, right?
In any case, even if a patent is not a guarantee to see the integrated function, we would be rather impatient to see it arrive in our Macs and iDevices. We all stand to gain from it, even though the battery life of iPhones and Macs has grown significantly in recent years.