Wishing for battery saver mode on iPad

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

profets

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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.
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.
 

joeblow7777

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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.
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.
 

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

recoil80

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I have also found that dropping it into airplane mode when not in use extends the battery greatly.
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?
 

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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?
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?
 

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I have also found that dropping it into airplane mode when not in use extends the battery greatly.
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?
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.
 

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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.
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
 
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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.
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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
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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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.
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.
 
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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.
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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
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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