Apple Is Adding Clean Energy Charging To iOS 16 Later This Year
Apple has announced that it intends to add a new Clean Energy Charging feature to iOS 16 later this year, although it hasn’t confirmed when it will arrive.
The feature was confirmed as part of the iOS 16 availability announcement press release, but information is so far sparse.
According to Apple, “Clean Energy Charging aims to decrease the carbon footprint of the iPhone by optimizing charging times for when the grid is using cleaner energy sources,” when it arrives later this year.
Apple also confirmed that Live Activities and Matter smart home connectivity support is arriving on a similar timescale, although it is yet to confirm that all three additions will be part of the same update. If so, expect them to debut in iOS 16.1 over the next couple of months.
While information about the new clean energy feature hasn’t been shared so far, we do know that it will only be available to those in the United States, at least initially — Apple confirmed as much in the press releases footnotes.
It does appear that the feature will be similar to the battery optimization feature that charges an iPhone to 100% just before it is likely to be unplugged. In this case, Apple will charge the iPhone during the hours when cleaner energy is being used.
The new feature will be available on all iOS 16 devices, including the new iPhone 14 lineup that is set to be made available this week.