Patent published on July 27, 2023

Apple's Patent Aims to Improve Power Saving for Wireless Devices

Wireless technology has become an integral part of our lives today. From streaming music to sending messages, from making phone calls to accessing the internet, there is a lot that can be done with wireless devices. And it’s no surprise that a lot of companies are working hard to make sure these devices use less power and have an increased battery life.

One such company is Apple, who recently filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a technique to improve power saving in wireless systems. The patent, with the number US20230239795A1, describes a method of establishing a connection, receiving configuration information, monitoring for a signal, and skipping future monitoring based on the signal.

The patent involves two components - a device and a network. The device is a wireless device (e.g. a smart phone or tablet computer) and the network is a wireless network (e.g. GSM, UMTS, LTE, etc.). The device needs to periodically check with the network for updates, and this process requires power. The patent outlines a new technique for the device to skip this process in order to save power.

The device and the network exchange information via an enhanced wake up signal (WUS). The device sends the WUS to the network and the network responds by sending configuration information to the device. The device then monitors for the signal from the network and can skip future monitoring based on the signal. This means that the device only needs to check for updates when it receives the signal from the network, thus saving power.

Apple’s patent also mentions that the network can provide additional information to the device, such as the device’s location or the amount of data that needs to be transferred. This information can be used by the device to determine how often it needs to check for updates, thus further optimizing power usage.

In addition to power saving, Apple’s patent also discusses the possibility of providing additional services to the user. For example, the device could use the network’s information to provide the user with location-based services, or to provide the user with notifications about new updates. This could help make the user's experience more efficient and enjoyable.

The patent is still in its early stages and there is no guarantee that it will come to the market. However, it is clear that Apple is looking for ways to improve the power saving capabilities of wireless devices. If successful, this could lead to devices having longer battery lives and improved performance.

At the end of the day, Apple’s patent on improved power saving for wireless devices might be the future of wireless technology. It could revolutionize the way we use our wireless devices and make them even more efficient and enjoyable. Time will tell whether this patent comes to fruition or not, but it certainly looks promising.

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