iOS 9 Low Power Mode testing

At Mondays WWDC, or the Worldwide Developers’ Conference, one of many things that Apple announced was the latest revision of its mobile operating system iOS 9.

iOS 9 is packed with a raft of new features, one of which specifically caught my eye. That’s the ‘Lower Power Mode’ setting which can be accessed through the all new ‘Battery’ menu option under the settings menu.

iOS 9 Low Power Mode

It’s fair to say I’ve been an iPhone fan ever since my very first iPhone 3GS (I skipped the 3!) and although I’ve never really found the battery life to be an issue, (mainly because I’m sat in front of a computer upwards of 12 hours a day) I have often willed that extra couple of hours out of my iPhone when out and about.. Now, being the ‘geek’ that I am, I always have a backup battery in my pocket. However, battery saving options like this are always more than welcome. 

Of course, when I first saw the announcement and posts about the feature I dismissed it, believing it wouldn’t really help me.. However, I have today run on ‘iOS 9 Low Power Mode’ since getting out of bed at 6am this morning, with a fully charged battery. Granted, that’s not specifically what the mode is designed for, but I figured how better to test it then hammer it for a full day!

Normally (pre Low Power Mode) my iPhone 5s was getting from about 6am to 13:00 on a full charge.. This, I always took as being acceptable, as my phone is hardly ever out of my hand… Syncing 4 calendars, 3 IMAP mail accounts and an exchange account, providing audio based entertainment via blotch in both my car and at my desk, and a sole point of iMessages to my friends and colleagues. Today I was very surprised to see that not only had it made it past 13:00, but it had managed to make it’s way right up to 16:10 before eventually dying! Now, obviously this test wasn’t exactly scientific, and has only been on one days use – however, my initial dismissal has seriously been brought into question!

I will continue to test the new mode over the next few days/weeks, and update my post as required.

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is a Infrastructure Analyst living and working in Kingston Upon Hull. With extensive experience in Microsoft and Apple technologies, ranging from desktop OS’s to Server OS’s and hardware. By day working as part of an infrastructure team, and by night ridding the world of IT issues through blog posts..

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