So it’s not uncommon for phone manufacturers these days to promote how green their phones are, and by that we mean environmentally friendly. We’re talking packaging that may use recycled paper/cardboard, hardware components made from sustainable materials or recycled components, and so on.
But what about the software? With the launch of iOS 16 today, one of the features Apple revealed they didn’t have before is something called “Clean Energy Charging”. According to Apple, the idea is that it will help optimize charging for when the power grid is less busy.
“Clean Energy Charging aims to reduce the iPhone’s carbon footprint by optimizing charging times for when the power grid uses cleaner energy sources.”
The feature isn’t live yet and is expected to arrive in a future update, but it sounds quite interesting and we hope Google or other Android handset makers can fit in their phones in the future.
While our phones themselves don’t necessarily use that much power compared to something like a refrigerator, the fact that millions of people in the US alone charge their phones daily adds up. In addition, it can also be a convenient way for people who use solar at home to tap into their energy storage and use it instead of the electricity grid.
At the moment, the feature will only be available in the US when it launches, but hopefully it will expand to other countries in the future.