Dear Apple (iPhone emergency mode)

MadeByApple

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You should consider making an "emergency mode" for the iPhone. This could work like the Apple Watch on low battery... when the phone is below a certain percentage (20%), users can turn this mode on which makes the phone only a phone to make calls. (Similar to how the Apple Watch becomes just a watch)

Maybe have 2 contacts on speed dial and a regular key pad to dial 911 or other number. Point is, eliminate everything else... and save the left over batter for emergency use only (making calls).

OLED would save battery because only certain pixels would be lit up. LTE wouldn't be needed and only a cell phone signal needed (consumes less energey).

The lower power mode on the watch extends the life by 24+ hours.

Who's with me?
 
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You should consider making an "emergency mode" for the iPhone. This could work like the Apple Watch on low battery... when the phone is below a certain percentage (20%), users can turn this mode on which makes the phone only a phone to make calls. (Similar to how the Apple Watch becomes just a watch)

Maybe have 2 contacts on speed dial and a regular key pad to dial 911 or other number. Point is, eliminate everything else... and save the left over batter for emergency use only (making calls).

OLED would save battery because only certain pixels would be lit up. LTE wouldn't be needed and only a cell phone signal needed (consumes less energey).

The lower power mode on the watch extends the life by 24+ hours.

Who's with me?
I am definitely. It would be nice if they added a low power mode on the iPads. I'm using one currently as I type this out.
 

mrex

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way too much to remember for the user if there are differend kinds of "power modes". they already has a low power mode which restricts some features (like fetching emails, background activity etc) but the phone is still viable. and, you can already turn the data off and the phone works only for calls and messages as you wish. so that is there already what you are asking for.
 

BigMcGuire

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Although I like this idea, I agree with mrex and think this would make things way too complicated for the user. Would be cool to have a "You can dial 911 and have 10 mins of talk time after your battery shuts off the phone" feature but ... just seems way too feature ridden. I just carry a 3200 mAh lipstick battery in my back pocket if I'm going hiking for long periods of time or place my phone in airplane mode if I'm going out for awhile and I know I want to save the battery. Most of the time when I'm out and about I can take a battery brick with me or have it accessible.

I don't notice a huge difference with the power saver mode when I'm out and about. But probably because I carry a small battery with me anyway so I don't feel the need to use it very often (power saver mode).
 

MadeByApple

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Although I like this idea, I agree with mrex and think this would make things way too complicated for the user.

Valid concerns. But did you know the Apple Watch also has two "power saving modes". I forget the name of the settings but basically one setting limits HR tracking (functions kind of like the current power saving mode of iPhone). The watch also has low-power mode which turns the watch into just a watch. This kind of feature doesn't exist in the iPhone.

I believe Apple could find a way to simplify the two power saving features.
 

willmtaylor

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Or people could just watch their percentages and/or turn off features. Not that hard.

There's already low power mode.

P.S. Why address Apple directly on a forum? We aren't Apple.
 
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Gathomblipoob

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It might be better to actually contact Apple rather than post on a forum, especially if you want Apple to read it.
 

C DM

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You should consider making an "emergency mode" for the iPhone. This could work like the Apple Watch on low battery... when the phone is below a certain percentage (20%), users can turn this mode on which makes the phone only a phone to make calls. (Similar to how the Apple Watch becomes just a watch)

Maybe have 2 contacts on speed dial and a regular key pad to dial 911 or other number. Point is, eliminate everything else... and save the left over batter for emergency use only (making calls).

OLED would save battery because only certain pixels would be lit up. LTE wouldn't be needed and only a cell phone signal needed (consumes less energey).

The lower power mode on the watch extends the life by 24+ hours.

Who's with me?
Seems like Apple has looked into this kind of thing when they came up with Low Power Mode that is available on the iPhone--meaning they (at least so far) don't think going any further into disabling more features and putting more restrictions would be a worthwhile experience for their consumers.
 

Newtons Apple

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You should consider making an "emergency mode" for the iPhone. This could work like the Apple Watch on low battery... when the phone is below a certain percentage (20%), users can turn this mode on which makes the phone only a phone to make calls. (Similar to how the Apple Watch becomes just a watch)

Maybe have 2 contacts on speed dial and a regular key pad to dial 911 or other number. Point is, eliminate everything else... and save the left over batter for emergency use only (making calls).

OLED would save battery because only certain pixels would be lit up. LTE wouldn't be needed and only a cell phone signal needed (consumes less energey).

The lower power mode on the watch extends the life by 24+ hours.

Who's with me?
I never even come close to running out of power so I see little need. Maybe if you live on your phone all day this would be good but it would just complicate things in my opinion.
 
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