Apple may have only just released iOS 16, but it is already revealing features that will appear in the next smartphone update.
In a blog post celebrating the release of iOS 16 (which has not only come to the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, but to many of the best iPhones you can buy today), Apple highlighted many of the new features it brings. features, including customizable lock screens, an undo button in iMessage, and battery percentages in the status bar. But at the at the bottom of the page (opens in new tab)it also discussed features coming in a future iOS 16 update.
One of these features is Clean Energy Charging, which will supposedly reduce your iPhone’s carbon footprint.
Apple claims it will do this by “optimizing load times for when the power grid uses cleaner energy sources.” While it won’t elaborate much, we think it will be similar to Apple’s existing Optimal Battery Charging feature, which will allow the iPhone to alter its charging speeds so it doesn’t get overcharged overnight and extend your battery life. device is shortened. Instead of looking at the iPhone’s total charge, your device will instead change charging speeds based on the energy sources the power grid is currently using.
Of course, this feature requires Apple to know quite a bit about your country’s power grid, so at launch it will only be available in the US.
Analysis: Will This Really Make Your iPhone Greener?
On an individual level, we imagine it won’t do that much, but on a larger scale, we could see some decent effects.
According to Compare the Market (opens in new tab)Charging your phone in North America releases about 0.62 kg of carbon dioxide each year. Based on 2021 figures from Statista (opens in new tab) 47% of people with smartphones in the US use an iPhone (that’s a total of 113 million iPhones). Add these together and that means that iPhone users release about 70 million kg of CO2 into the atmosphere every year.
Based on EPA data (opens in new tab) that pollution is the same as the combined carbon footprint of 15,000 gas-powered cars per year — equivalent to driving 173,754,389 miles.
It’s unclear how much improvement Clean Energy Charging will bring, but if it could deliver, say, a 50% reduction in iPhone emissions, that’s the same as taking 7,500 cars off the road, which isn’t a big deal. We’ll have to wait and see how effective the initiative is when it launches, but we suspect that if it succeeds in cutting emissions, Apple will soon tell us how great the feature is at its next Apple event, and then hopefully to other regions.