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How to Use Apple Watch Low Power Mode (2022)

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Apple Watches have never had great battery life. Even though Apple claims a “full day battery”, they still quote only 18 hours of battery life on the newly launched Apple Watch Series 8. Now, while the watch actually lasts much longer than the claimed 18 hours, it’s still not the best in terms of battery life and leaves a lot to be desired. And that’s where the new Low Power Mode comes in. So the next time you’re on a trip and can’t charge your watch, don’t forget to use the Apple Watch low power mode.

Apple Watch Low Power Mode (Power Reserve)

With the release of watchOS 9, Apple has made a couple of changes to the battery saver mode in Apple Watch. In older versions of watchOS, Power Reserve was the only way to ensure that your Apple Watch could survive for longer than a few days without being recharged. However, with watchOS 9, you can use the new low power mode to extend your battery life.

In this article, we will take a look at enabling and disabling low power mode on your watch. Plus, we will also take a look at the features low power mode will turn off to save battery and a quick comparison between the new low power mode and the old power reserve mode.

How to Enable Low Power Mode

If your Apple Watch is running out of battery, you can quickly enable low power mode. There are two ways to do this.

Using Control Center

  • Open the control center on your watch by swiping up from the bottom of the home screen. Here, tap on the battery percentage.
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  • Scroll down and enable the toggle next to ‘Low Power Mode’.
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  • Tap on ‘Turn On’. Alternatively, you can tap on’ Turn On For’ and then choose a duration for which you want to enable low power mode. You can turn it on for 1 day, 2 days, or 3 days.
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Using Settings

  • Open the Settings app on your watch and tap on ‘Battery’.
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  • Scroll down and enable the toggle for ‘Low Power Mode’.
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  • Tap on ‘Turn On’. Alternatively, you can tap on’ Turn On For’ and then choose a duration for which you want to enable low power mode.
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Note: When low power mode is enabled, you will see a yellow circle icon on Apple Watch.

Use Low Power Mode when Battery Goes Below 10%

When your Apple Watch is running low on battery (10% charge remaining), it will prompt you to either charge your Apple Watch or put it on low power mode. If you enable low power mode via this prompt, it will automatically turn off once your Apple Watch has been charged up to 80%.

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How to Disable Low Power Mode

In case you don’t want to use low power mode any longer, you can easily disable it as well. Once again, there are two ways you can do this.

via Control Center

  • Open the control center and tap on the battery percentage (it should be yellow, if the low power mode is on).
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  • Here, disable the toggle next to ‘Low Power Mode’.
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via Settings

  • Open the Settings app and go to ‘Battery’.
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  • Here, disable the toggle next to ‘Low Power Mode’.
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That’s all; low power mode is now disabled on your Apple Watch and it will continue working as usual.

What Does Low Power Mode Do?

That pretty much sums up the tutorial part, but if you’re curious and wondering how the low power mode saves and extends your Apple Watch’s battery life, let’s take a quick look at what happens behind the scenes.

Disabled Features

Basically, low power mode disables a bunch of features that aren’t essential to the functioning of the Apple Watch. As such, it turns off features that are low priority, yet high on battery usage:

  • Always on display
  • Continuous (background) heart rate measurements
  • Heart rate notifications for low heart rate, high heart rate, irregular rhythm
  • Background blood oxygen measurements (series 6 and later only)
  • Workout reminders
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What’s more, if your iPhone isn’t near your Apple Watch, low power mode goes even further and disables two more things on your watch:

  • Incoming calls and notifications
  • WiFi and cellular connections

Note: Apple says that incoming call notifications and other notifications will still be checked periodically by the Apple Watch in low power mode.

Features that Might be Affected

If you are using your Apple Watch in low power mode, you might notice certain other features not working normally as well. Here are the Apple Watch features that can be affected by the low power mode.

  • Background app refresh frequency is greatly reduced
  • Complications don’t update as frequently
  • Animations and scrolling can appear less smooth
  • Siri might respond slower and take longer to process requests

Low Power Mode (watchOS 9) vs Power Reserve (watchOS 8)

You might be wondering why Apple decided on changing Power Reserve to Low Power Mode. Is it even really an upgrade or not? Well, let’s take a quick look at the differences between the two features.

Power Reserve is the feature to extend battery life in watchOS 8 and older. This feature can be enabled by heading into the battery settings of the Apple Watch. This is similar to the new Low Power Mode, both in terms of why the feature exists, and how it is enabled.

However, Power Reserve used to disable every single feature of the Apple Watch except for the time display. This resulted in an extremely low power state for the watch, but also made the Apple Watch fairly useless.

On the other hand, Low Power Mode doesn’t disable every single feature of the watch. Instead, it turns off some battery intensive features and manages others in a way that the battery life can be extended.

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Similarly, disabling Power Reserve mode was no mean feat. You had to press and hold the side button on the Apple Watch to basically restart the watch in order to disable the feature. On the other hand, turning off the low power mode is very easy and doesn’t end up frustrating you.

It can be said that Power Reserve was a better feature because it truly extended the battery life by leaps and bounds. I have, personally, put my watch on Power Reserve for an entire week and it lasted all through it. However, with Low Power Mode, you can continue using your Apple Watch like a smartwatch, albeit with some missing features.

Use Low Power Mode to Extend Battery Life on Apple Watch

Well, that’s how you can use the new low power mode on your Apple Watch in situations where you can’t charge your watch for a while. As you can see, enabling the feature is quite easy, and the best part is that disabling it later is just as easy. Though it will take some time before I can confidently say whether low power mode works or not, it does seem like a promising update to the power reserve feature on watchOS 8. So, what do you think about the low power mode in watchOS 9? Let us know in the comments.

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Sony Updates PS5 with the New “6nm” Oberon Chips

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Mid-generation update for video game consoles is an old story, one that can be traced back to the PS2 days, when Sony launched a “slim” version of their console back in 2006. It is something that has been repeated for every console generation since then. So, now that we’re two years into the current console generation, fans are eagerly waiting for what Sony has in store for us this time. But according to many reports, it seems like we are not going to get a mid-gen refresh in the classical sense.

Sony PS5 Gets an Updated Version

Instead, what we are getting is subtle improvements in chip design and the thermal interface, while keeping the larger form factor the same. Teardowns from Youtuber Austin Evans and Angstronomics show us that with the latest model of the PS5 (CFI-1202), Sony has completely redesigned the internals and moved towards a smaller heatsink, different SSD mounting area, and a full redesign of the original motherboard.

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But the differences don’t end here, as Angtronimics shows us in their teardown. The new Playstation 5 CFI-1202 is also revealed to have a slightly different APU that is rumored to be the 6nm equivalent of the AMD Zen 2 CPU codenamed “Oberon Plus.”

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This move from a 7nm to a 6nm chip has led to a situation where the new PS5 variant has 18.8% more transistor density than the previous iteration and a die size that has shrunk from 300 sq millimeter to just 270 sq millimeters. These improvements when combined, are supposed to increase efficiency and reduce power consumption. We can say that this seems to be largely true, as Evans showed in his video, where the new PS5 consumed 11 watts less than the original “1000” Model.

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This is a rather interesting story coming at the heels of a major price bump that Sony has announced for all major regions – with the exception being the United States. Manufacturing advancements usually lead to a decrease in price as the number of raw materials needed for manufacturing decreases with increasing efficiency.

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It is further suggested that the new PS5 will cost Sony 12% less to make overall. So is this new update just a way for Sony to increase its profit margins? It seems so, and maybe that is why Sony has been relatively mum about these efficiency improvements. What are your thoughts on the new “Oberon” that the new PS5 ships with? Let us know in the comments below.

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Vivo X Fold+ with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Introduced in China

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Vivo has introduced its second foldable smartphone, the Vivo X Fold+ in China, months after launching its first one. The new foldable phone resembles the Vivo X Fold but comes with a few tweaks like the upgraded Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, 80W fast charging, and more. Read on to know the details.

Vivo X Fold+: Specs and Features

The Vivo X Fold+ gets an 8.03-inch 2K Samsung E5 AMOLED curved display on the inside with support for a 120Hz refresh rate. The secondary display spans 6.53-inch and is AMOLED in nature and gets a 120Hz refresh rate. Much like its predecessor, the Vivo X Fold+ also folds like a book.

Vivo X Fold+

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC is paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. As for the cameras, there are four at the back; a 50MP main camera, a 48MP ultra-wide lens, a 12MP portrait lens, and an 8MP periscope camera. There’s support for the night mode, portrait mode, up to 60x super zoom, dual-view video, and more. The front snapper stands at 16MP. To recall, the X Fold gets a 32MP selfie shooter.

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The Vivo X Fold+ has a bigger 4,730mAh battery with support for 80W fast charging and 50W wireless charging. The X Fold supports a 4,600mAh battery with 66W fast charging. It runs OriginOS Ocean based on Android 12.

Other details include facial recognition, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and more. The Vivo X Fold+ comes in Sunny Mountain, Sycamore Ash, and Huaxia Red colors.

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Price and Availability

The Vivo X Fold+ retails at CNY 9,999 (~ Rs 1,13,000) for the 12GB+256GB variant and CNY 10,999 (~ Rs 1,25,000) for the 12GB+512GB model. It is currently available for pre-order in China.

There’s no word on its availability in other regions yet.

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E3 2023 Is Confirmed to Begin on June 13

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Back in April, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) officially canceled the famous E3 2022 event. Although, it was revealed that the event will return next year. Now, we have official dates for E3 2023, which will kick off in the second week of June.

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E3 2023 Dates Revealed

It is revealed that E3 2023 will start on June 13 and go on until June 16 and will be an in-person event. It will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

This time, ESA has collaborated with ReedPop to host E3 2023. For those who don’t know, ReedPop has organized other popular events like PAX, New York Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, and more in the past.

E3 2023 will invite developers, journalists, publishers, content creators, and more for its first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic hit us. It was expected to take place as a physical event this year too but was eventually canceled.

While the reason for cancellation remains unknown, it was probably for ESA to properly prepare for an in-person event instead of going digital.

Registrations for E3 2023 will begin later this year. As for the schedule, there will be digital gaming events on June 11 ahead of the event. The first two days will be mainly for business, the third day will be for business and consumers, and the last day will be consumer-centric.

Details on the gaming event still remain unknown but we expect major companies and developers to participate as E3 makes a return to an in-person setup. So, are you excited about E3 2023? Let us know in the comments section below.

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