Apple made iOS 16 available to all users on Monday, and the update comes with long-awaited features such as the new customizable lock screen, as well as improvements to apps like Music, Mail, and Messages. The company has also quietly announced a new feature called Clean Energy Charging. Read on as we detail how this feature will work.
Apple''s iOS 16 press release reveals a new feature called Clean Energy Charging, which has never been discussed before. According to a brief description, the new option will reduce the iPhone''s carbon footprint by optimizing charging times.
Here''s what the company claims:
Clean Energy Charging aims to reduce the iPhone''s carbon footprint by optimizing charging times for grid use.
How Clean Energy Charging could work
The latest iOS version has a new daemon (a process that runs in the background) that collects carbon emission statistics from the local load balancing authority (like the US EIA), based on the device''s location. Finally, iOS also downloads a carbon emission forecast from a server. With all this data combined, the system controls when Clear Energy Charging goes into action.
As a result, iOS 16 will wait to charge the iPhone at a time when power grids are less constraint and more clean energy capacity is available. This feature, given recent concerns about power grid capacity in Texas and California, couldnt come at a better time and will certainly be beneficial for other Apple products.
iOS already has a few other charging optimization features, but these are aimed at maintaining the health of the iPhone''s internal battery by holding the charge at 80% overnight. It''s unclear when exactly the Clear Energy Charging feature will be available to users, but it''s likely to come with a future iOS 16 update.