With iOS 16.1 Apple introduces a new function called “Clean Energy Charging”. This smart charging method allows iPhone to make the most of clean energy.
iPhone 14 Pro Max // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid
Some iOS features have an unfortunate propensity to go unnoticed, and the one we’re looking at today could easily be one of them. However, that would be a shame. With the rollout of iOS 16.1, Apple is introducing “Clean Energy Charging,” a feature that tends to power our iPhones with clean energy… or at least cleaner. How ? Well using in particular geolocation.
As summarized by XDA Developers, this function combines optimized battery charging (which we already knew, in particular to avoid straining the battery during a long night charge) with geolocation to allow the iPhone to consult the forecasts of carbon emissions linked to the local electricity network. Based on this factor and learning from your charging habits, the device will then be able to top up when charging has the least impact on the environment. Smart.
Sometimes the best features are the ones you don’t see
This feature, which should normally be invisible to the majority of users, is also designed to only trigger when you charge your iPhone from a usual charging location (your home, the office or another place you frequent often). ). A welcome subtlety to prevent recharging from being temporarily blocked at the worst time, during a trip for example. Note also that it is quite possible to deactivate this new function if you wish. To do this, simply go to the settings, under the battery tab, then in “Battery status and charging”.
In reality, the only drawback of this feature is that it is not yet available in France. Only US users can currently enjoy it. Apple has not yet indicated whether this “clean energy” charging will one day arrive in other territories. Given the global context, the environmental and energy crisis, however, it would be surprising if Apple deprived a large part of its users of a truly relevant functionality.
As a reminder, the “Clean Energy Charging” feature was announced by Apple at WWDC in June, during the presentation of iOS 16. It nevertheless materialized late this week, through iOS 16.1 ( and not iOS 16), alongside other latecomers, including the iCloud shared library, the Live Activities function or the Apple Fitness Plus offer.
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