Will iOS 8 Answer Battery-Drained Cries?
We’ve all been in that scenario where our cellphones go dead.It does not matter if we simply didn’t charge them enough before we went out or if a particular app above the rest sapped juice from the phone itself. As useful as smartphones have been in the past, it goes without saying that battery life has always been a common complaint, especially amongst iPhones. Is it possible, though, that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 – as well as a future iOS update – will take care of this problem?
At its recent developer conference in California, Apple went into detail about the various features associated with its upcoming iOS 8 software. Certain features were reported on, amongst them being the monitoring of battery usage by app. What this means is that iPhone users will be able to detect which apps drain their devices the most. As a result, they can make better choices as to which apps to close as well as the ones that can be kept open for longer periods of time.
Certain apps grain the iPhone of the battery more so than others. For example, this past April I went onto the App Store and downloaded “Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed” since Sega released it as free-to-play. After spending a good half hour racing through various tracks and coming in first place, I closed out of the app, only to see that the battery life meter at the top right of the screen was in the red. That’s when I knew that this particular game was not exactly kind to the energy associated with arguably Apple’s most popular device. Graphically-demanding titles are easily the worst for keeping the iPhone from requiring multiple charges a day.
It’s not just games that can take a toll on the battery life of the iPhone, either. Let’s say that you are someone who doesn’t have the best eyes and benefits from the iPhone’s default bright screen. While this may be helpful in the visual sense, that’s where the perks seem to end. The iPhone has to work hard in order to keep a strong presentation and increased brightness can sap the battery of its power in no time. While users can manually lower screen brightness, should they have to do that for battery preservation in 2014? It’s a fair point to make.
However, it’s not like Apple hasn’t tried to tackle the battery life problem many iPhones users have had. Back in March, Apple was awarded a patent for a mode meant to save power. What it would do, in essence, is detect changes in light within a certain environment via built-in sensors. As a result, if someone was on Twitter in a dark room, the device would adjust its screen brightness so that it would be more subdued. It’s an interesting patent, to say the least, and it’s one that can make maximize the proposition of the iPhone 6.
Battery life and all, what is your take on the upcoming iOS 8 software? Is there a certain feature that stood out to you? Please leave your thoughts below!
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