Apple to introduce a new ‘Clean Energy Charging’ option to iPhone in America

According to a press release, Apple will add a new “Clean Energy Charging” feature to the iPhone via an update “later this year”. “Clean Energy Charging” aims to reduce the iPhone’s carbon footprint by optimizing charging times for when the grid uses cleaner energy sources. Clean Energy Charging will be available to users in America.

Apple is investing directly in renewable energy, including the IP Radian Solar project, a new large-scale solar project under construction now in Brown County, Texas.
Apple is investing directly in renewable energy, including the IP Radian Solar project, a new large-scale solar project under construction now in Brown County, Texas.

Andrew Griffin for The Independent:

The feature adds a new process to the iPhone that runs in the background and collects information from the power grid on carbon emissions, according to data found in the code from the blog 9to5Mac. This lets the phone know when the power grid is running at the cleanest times.

The new feature will be able to wait until the power grid uses less energy, and therefore runs on more clean energy, before starting to charge. This could presumably allow iPhones to limit load on the power grid, as well as charge using cleaner sources, which could be useful in situations where power is limited.

The system works in a similar way to those already present in the phone to maximize battery life. These work by monitoring when people tend to use the phone and keeping the battery below its maximum charge until it is needed, thus reducing the strain on the battery.

MacDailyNews takes: Theoretically, this feature could be introduced anywhere electricity grid emissions data is available for use by Apple.

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