iOS 16.1 is now available for iPhone 8 and newer devices, and it comes with a cool carbon-saving feature that helps bolster Apple’s green credentials – and the company has now explained how it works.
On a supporting document (opens in new tab)Apple claims that when this feature is enabled, your iPhone gets an overview of the carbon emissions used in your area and iOS 16.1 will charge your device during times when the cleanest energy production is being used.
It’s an interesting feature and makes us wonder how this could expand to other Apple devices.
iPhones are one of the most frequently charged devices that many of us rely on every day, but most of us don’t think about where the electricity we use to charge our iPhones comes from.
This feature is currently only available to people in the US, although we expect it to roll out globally soon. If you’re in the US and you don’t see Clean Power Charging in your battery settings, you’ll need to enable Location Services along with System Customization and Significant Locations. All of this can be found within Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services > System Services.
It’s too early to say whether the clean energy charging feature will make a big difference to carbon emissions, but if it does, can we see it make it to other Apple products like Macs and MacBooks? With rumors that new MacBook Pros M2 could be arriving soon, it could be the perfect time for this feature to appear in a future macOS Ventura update.
Apple recently published a press release (opens in new tab)asking its supply chain to fully decarbonize by 2030 and use fully renewable sources, then it’s clear the company is serious about minimizing the environmental impact of its products.
We expect the company to put more effort into its renewable energy efforts in the near future, further showing the industry how it can thrive in a clean energy world while enjoying sending memes to friends via iMessage.