Apple unveiled a host of new features in its iOS 8 software this week, but neglected to mention one that will leave its users rejoicing – improved battery life.

A presentation slide shown during the tech giant’s Worldwide Developer Conference revealed the next-generation software will monitor battery usage by app.

The software will be widely available in the autumn, at the same time the iPhone 6 is expected to launch, meaning the much-rumoured handset could finally end Apple’s battery woes.

 

A slide (pictured right) shown at Apple's developer conference by senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi (pictured left) revealed iOS 8 will monitor battery usage by app. The software will be available in the autumn, at the same time the iPhone 6 is expected to launch

 

A slide (pictured right) shown at Apple’s developer conference by senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi (pictured left) revealed iOS 8 will monitor battery usage by app. The software will be available in the autumn, at the same time the iPhone 6 is expected to launch.

By monitoring which apps use the most power, Apple users will be able to keep a closer eye on their battery life and know which services to close, in order to extend it.

Android has had a similar feature for years.

Leaked images and reports about Apple’s next flagship phone – dubbed iPhone 6 – have been circulating since last year.

If the rumours turn out to be true, the iPhone 6 will have a rounded, thinner design and a larger screen – with some claiming it could jump from the current 4-inch, up to 5.5-inch.

It could also feature a protruding camera, and boast new filters, to create better photos.

In March, Apple was awarded a patent for a power-saving mode.

Developers who have been given early access to the iOS 8 software have confirmed the battery usage by apps feature, and it could take advantage of some of the technologies detailed in this patent.

 

Despite claiming its iOS 7 software would boost energy efficiency, a ‘manufacturing defect’ in October caused problems on the iPhone 5S.

 

Which? magazine then compared the battery life of eight high-end smartphones including models by Samsung, Apple, HTC, Nokia and BlackBerry.

 

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 came top for calls and browsing time, while Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C placed in 4th and 7th place respectively.

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