Apple is bringing a proper battery-saving mode to watchOS 9

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In a new watchOS 9 update for the Apple Watch, the company is finally bringing a real power-saving mode to extend the watch’s battery life when needed. It can be activated manually via the control center or the settings menu. It also notifies the user when there is 10% battery charge left. It automatically turns off when it reaches 80% on the charger.

The battery saver mode turns off the more demanding features such as AoD, heart rate notifications, arrhythmia tracking, heart rate and blood oxygen readings. Exercise reminders are also turned off.

Interestingly, if there is no iPhone connected to the watch nearby, it will turn off Wi-Fi and cellular connections. Incoming calls and messages are also disabled. Sure, if you need a certain app that requires data or Wi-Fi connection, the system will re-enable them. And if the watch stays within the phone’s connection range, it will snooze notifications and deliver them every hour.

Of course, the watch’s overall performance in the new battery saver mode will also be reduced, so animations and navigation as a whole won’t feel as smooth.

Source (in Chinese)

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