iPhone-Charging

iOS 13 Feature May Save Battery Life

Apple’s new iPhone software will include a feature called “optimized battery charging” and may save longterm battery life. This is important because many people are keeping their phones for 3 or 4 years. People are keeping them much longer than the 2 years that was normal when smartphones first came out.

Batteries, however, start to lose their ability to hold a charge as they age making the battery life get worse. The new iOS 13 now has a feature to combat this problem and will be launched to the public in the Fall.

It is already available for developer testing ahead of a public preview launch next month. It can be found under the battery in settings on the iPhone. The feature is already turned on by default, which means you may not even need to turn it on when the software is available this fall.

Apple explains what it does on the iOS 13 update website:

“A new option helps slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged. iPhone uses on-device machine learning to understand your daily charging routine so it can wait to finish charging past 80% until you need to use it.”

The lithium battery that Apple uses in their phones quickly charges the first 80% of the battery and then uses a “trickle charge” that charges the last 20%. So when your phone is plugged in, the trickle charge continues to run trying to maintain that 100% battery charge. This wears out your battery. If you want to read more about Apple’s batteries you can check out their battery website.

The new feature will prevent the battery from charging to 100% until it thinks you are going to need it. It will analyze when you typically pull your phone from the charger. Then it’ll finish charging the phone just before you typically pull it from the charger so that it isn’t maintaining the trickle charge which wears out the battery.

This feature is supposed to decrease battery aging by reducing the stress on the battery. It will allow iPhone users to keep their phones at peak performance for longer. Which is great for people that want a phone for multiple years.

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AirPower Trademark Secured to Apple

On Thursday, March 21, Apple has finally secured the AirPower trademark since their first attempt in summer 2018.  Advanced Access Technologies had filed an earlier application to trademark the term.  However, Apple opposed their application in the trademark of AirPower in January 2019 because it would result in confusion with already existing products, such as AirPlay, AirPort, AirPods, and AirPrint.

After acquiring the AirPower trademark, there are more rumors suggesting the launch for their long-awaited charging accessory. AirPower is a charging mat that has been designed to charge Qi-based iPhones, the Apple Watch and AirPods, using a specially designed  wireless compatible AirPods Charging Case, which has also been expecting a soon release. The new mat is big enough to charge all three devices at once, with the AirPower being connected to an external power source.  It also has a feature that lets the iPhone display the battery level of each device on the charging mat.

Although the AirPower charging mat was initially to be released in 2018, it has been reported that they are still working out manufacturing issues for the product, such as software bugs and potentially overheating. As far as pricing for the AirPower charging mat, there has not been a given price except for rumors saying it will be between $130-$200. Based on existing Apple products and wireless accessories,, this sounds like the right price range for this new release.

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Apple planning new iPad, including an updated iPad mini

New iPad and a laser-powered 3D camera in 2020

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iPad Pro with smart keyboard / Apple

 

Apple could release at least two new iPads this year, including a cheaper version of the iPad mini. According to Bloomberg, there was no new version of iPad mini since 2015. The other upcoming iPad reportedly has a 10-inch screen with a faster processor and might be released as soon as this spring. That device would keep its Lightning port like it used to do for the past few years.

Bloomberg also reports that Apple is considering to release an upgraded new iPad Pro for spring 2020. And they would introduce a laser-powered 3D camera to Apple devices. It also seems to be focusing on the new iPad for the next version of iOS, iOS 13. This version might include iPad-specific updates. For instance, a new home screen and tabbed apps, as well as improvements to file management.

Earlier this week, programmer Steven Troughton-Smith uncovered references to four new iPad models in the iOS 12.2 code. He expected that one of them might be a mini.

MacRumors also spotted Eurasian Economic Commission Database registrations for seven new iPads. Apple most recently announced its new iPad Pro with Face ID at an event in Brooklyn, New York this past October. It also includes gesture controls like the ones used on newer iPhones, although it sounds like for this next generation of iPad, Apple might debut features on the tablets.

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