The feature, which was released alongside iOS 16 on September 12, means that every tap of the on-screen keyboard causes the iPhone’s vibration motor to fire — giving a feedback that isn’t normally available on touchscreen keyboards.
Apple’s support document says that “turning on keyboard haptics might affect the battery life of your iPhone,” although it doesn’t quantify things further. It seems likely that the impact on battery life will depend on how much typing you do.
But unless you’re typing a huge amount, we suspect the battery life hit will be relatively small and it’s probably worth it to have the haptic feedback feature enabled.
Typing on a physical keyboard has long been easier because each keypress gives off feedback to the fingers so you know when you have tapped something. That’s not possible on iPhone screens for obvious reasons, but haptic feedback can be used to simulate a similar sensation.
That’s what this feature does, and you can enable it via the Sounds & Haptics section of the Settings app on iPhones running iOS 16.
The big iOS 16 update also brought with it the ability to edit and delete iMessages, while people can also more heavily customize their Lock Screen than ever before.