Apple announced iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey earlier this week at WWDC 2021, but we continue to discover new features that were not mentioned by the company at the event. This year, iPad and Mac users will finally get a low power mode to save battery, just like the iPhone.
Low Power Mode was introduced on iPhone with iOS 9 as a way to reduce device power consumption to extend battery life. It automatically reduces screen brightness slightly, turns off background updates, and turns off some visual effects.
Users can activate this option whenever they want, and the system itself prompts the user to activate it when the battery level is below 20%. With iOS 14.0 Beta 1 last year, Apple turned on Low Power Mode on the iPad for the first time, but the feature was later removed in Beta 2 and never returned – until now.
iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey both bring low power mode to the iPad and Mac as a new official feature, so users of these devices will now be able to save battery quickly by enabling this option.
Low power mode on iPad
To activate Low Power Mode on an iPad model running iPadOS 15, the process is exactly the same as on the iPhone. All you need to do is go to the Settings app, tap on the Battery menu, and then turn on the Low Power Mode option.
You can also add the low power mode toggle in Control Center for easy access or even ask Siri to enable this option on your iPad. Once you activate the low power mode, the battery level indicator will turn yellow instead of white.
Low power mode on Mac
The process for enabling Low Power Mode on a Mac running macOS Monterey is a little different than on the iPhone and iPad. First, open the System Preferences app and click on the Battery option. Then click on the Battery menu in the right panel and enable the Low Power Mode option.
Interestingly, on the Mac, you can choose to turn it on only when you are using the unplugged MacBook or also when it is plugged in by going to the AC Adapter menu.
At least in macOS Monterey Beta 1, there’s no shortcut to enable Low Power Mode on the Mac, not even an indicator to show it’s on.
iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey are currently available to developers as beta versions, while public beta versions will be available in July. Both updates will be released to all users this fall.
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