Earlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday has issued Apple a patent that describes how this new technology is able to monitor the aging of a device’s electronics, where it will then make a comparison of the data against a global average as well as modifying operating parameters so that performance can be maximized, in addition to helping nudge battery efficiency and user experience in the right direction throughout the entire device’s advertised lifetime. Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8,671,170 has been described as “Modifying operating parameters of a device based on aging information”, where it depicts a system which relies on aging detection circuits in order to monitor electronic components in a portable device, where an iPhone is not exempt.
It is an interesting idea for sure, but just how far will such technology be able to help you prolong or fend off your purchase of the next generation smartphone or tablet from the folks over at Apple? After all, they have a very strong marketing team that is capable of selling ice to Eskimos. Just what kind of metrics are used to monitor device aging? It includes degradation of transistor performance due to heat and other operating factors, while relying on aging detection circuits to get the job done.