Wishing for battery saver mode on iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by pika2000, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. pika2000 macrumors 68030

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    We all know that the battery saver feature is not available on iPad. Sure, the iPad has larger battery than the iPhone, but I wish Apple still put a battery saver mode for it. Who doesn't want to eek out a few more hours on their iPads, especially when one is on the go? Plus it doesn't need all the horsepower when simply watching a video or browsing a website.
     
  2. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    Do you really need that on iPad though? I've always gotten a solid 8-10 hours of use varied upon usage any given day.
     
  3. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Turn off background app refresh, turn on reduced motion, turn off unnecessary push notifications, turn off Bluetooth when not in use, and turn down display brightness.

    You have now, for all intents and purposes, activated battery saver mode.
     
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Videos and browsing uses a good bit of power.
     
  5. profets macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, but the whole purpose of battery saving mode was to prevent the user from having to manually hit all those options. And it also changed non-user accessible functions as well.

    It's an interesting thought to have it available on iPad.
     
  6. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    I don't disagree with you. I actually wouldn't mind having that option on iPads. I just wanted to point out that through management of settings you can get most of the benefits.
     
  7. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    I have also found that dropping it into airplane mode when not in use extends the battery greatly.
     
  8. recoil80 macrumors 68000

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    Of course, because background fetch and notifications are disabled since wi-fi and cellular are powered off.

    By the way, I wouldn't mind having that power saving option on the iPad. It could turn off background fetch and maybe disable some animation and stuff that consumes CPU. They did it for the iPhone, how hard could it be to implement the same stuff on the iPad?
     
  9. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    Got me from Korea to Germany on a 11 hour flight without dying, even after 4 movies. It would be nice to shutdown some of the extras that you guys are talking about, but I really didn't need it to be honest. How much further do you want to extend it?
     
  10. profets macrumors 68040

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    It's probably more a philosophical choice to Apple more than a technical one. I agree though, would be nice to have it.

    Also, when not using an iPad, as it sleeps, it starts to become less active in background tasks. For example, when not being used for certain periods of time, it stops background tasks and does less frequent polling for updated messages and email. I think it will also start to do some of this automatically on a schedule as well. I might be wrong, but I could have sworn that if it knows it's never used from say midnight to 6am, it'll go into a deeper sleep during those hours and conserve more power.
     
  11. recoil80 macrumors 68000

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    I think you're right, is not a technical reason but a decision they made not to include the switch. This is Apple, take it or leave it. The less customisation you have, the more they're happy so if the switch is not really necessary they don't give it to you.

    And you're not wrong about the iPad learning from your habits. This is how background app refresh works
     
  12. ftaok macrumors 603

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    I don't think it's Apple wanting to give users fewer choices and less customization. I think it's more that Apple feels that the iPads have industry leading battery capcities and the inclusion of a Power Saver mode would, sort of, be an admission that the battery life on iPads isn't so great.

    Other examples of this kind of philosophy is like the battery case for the 6/6S but not the 6+/6S+. In Appleworld, the Plus has the bigger battery, so if they made a battery case for the Plus, it would be like an admission that the Plus' battery isn't that great. They can offer the case for the 6/6S precisely because it points to the 6/6S not having as big a battery. Also, it provides an opportunity to upsell ... BONUS.
     
  13. JPack macrumors 6502a

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    iPad Low Battery Mode = Decrease Brightness

    Decreasing brightness is the single most effective change you can do because of the display size. On the iPhone, the display is small and changing brightness doesn't have a large effect on power consumption. As a result, Low Battery Mode is needed and changes clock rate and sleep time. On the iPad, the overwhelming power draw item is the display.
     
  14. bufffilm, Apr 4, 2017
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    Yes, if that were added, it would a very nice bonus.

    I run my 6s exclusively in low-power mode and I would welcome it in the iPad too.
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    Low-power mode which was introduced with the 6s/+ and ios9 and it throttles down the processor.

    It does set the screen-off to about 40sec, so they would have to change that for the iPad.
     
  15. EM2013 macrumors 65816

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    As hard as it is for them to add a calculator and weather app on the iPad.
     
  16. pika2000 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Why not? Why should I be satisfied with 8-10hours when Apple has the technology to extend that via software? It's not like I'm using the iPad full processing power everytime.
     
  17. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    The main thing with the phone is the radio antenna, you don't have the same issue with iPads like with phones. The effect wouldn't be profound like with the phones.
     
  18. pika2000 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    There are iPads with cellular radios.
    The effect is about extending battery life. Profound or not, I'm not sure why one would be against that.
     
  19. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    The effect isn't that great to begin with and most people don't have that situation with iPads were oh I need my last 10% of battery to last long as possible. It's not like a phone we're we need it for possible calls, messages or to contact emergency services. There isn't a real reason or need for it to be on iPads. Also a simple way to extend your battery is to keep brightness to half, turn off location system services and disable background app refresh. Also if your closing all your apps every time you leave them don't as that actually uses more battery then letting iOS manage it all.
     

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