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iPhone 5 May Include New Apple Battery Technology

A new patent application filed by Apple - more than one year ago - for a mobile device could help improve the user experience on the next iPad or iPhone by allowing the user to calculate the amount of power needed to stream content.

The system determines whether there's enough power to complete the task and the system would seamlessly adjust the playback settings in order, for example, play a video, in its entirety.

This could imply a number of alterations; for example adjusting picture resolution, video bit-rate, backlight brightness, sound volume and toggling Wi-Fi and 3G for example.

This "intelligent power management method" would maximize battery life to a certain extent and use what Apple's description calls a "priority ranking" which can be amended by the user.

Since this appears to be mostly a software upgrade (given that most of the raw data needed to make the decisions is already available to the OS via hardware), one can expect that it will be available in the next iOS 5, which will be rolled out on the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2.

Apple is also likely to implement the new techniques learnt from the iPad 2 on the iPhone 5 which could mean much thinner batteries combined with more elegant power saving techniques thanks to the new dual core Apple A5 system on chip.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.