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I have lived several days with the low battery consumption mode activated on the Apple Watch: these are my conclusions

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The autonomy of the Apple Watch has always been the subject of debate. Personally, I am one of those who are satisfied as long as the watch lasts a whole day, because I can leave it charging overnight (I am one of those who do not measure their sleep). Although I understand those who do use it while they sleep because they need the maximum possible autonomy and also a charge as fast as possible.

To optimize that autonomy, Apple has recently launched a low battery consumption mode for those who prioritize it over the full performance of the Apple Watch and its sensors. So I’ve done an experiment: live with that low power mode on permanently for a few days to see if I have noticed any difference.

A saving mode that Apple does not want you to use permanently

Let’s get in situation. My Apple Watch is a Series 4, a model that was released in the fall of 2018 but it still works perfectly for me. I notice its age precisely in the battery: for some time I have received low battery warnings between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The watch He puts up with that day that I ask of him and that I told you about before, but it is starting to cost him.

So one fine day, early in the morning, I activated the low battery consumption mode to see what happened. In theory you can (more or less) double the autonomy, so I thought that maybe I could only charge the watch once every two days.

What I have done specifically is activate the low consumption mode as soon as I put the watch on in the morning (something that could have been automated in a certain way), since when you put the watch to charge it is deactivated. It shows that Apple does not have the idea that you have it always active. On paper, that low battery consumption mode:

  • Disables the display always on (I don’t have it on my model)
  • Turn off abnormal heart rhythm alerts
  • Stop measuring my heart rate and blood oxygen in the background
  • Stop proposing to start a workout when it detects that I’m doing physical exercise
  • Stop mirroring phone calls when iPhone is not by my side
  • Stop using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections when iPhone is not by my side

It saves, but it does not work miracles with the older models

At the interface level, you realize that you have the low battery consumption mode activated thanks to a small yellow circle that appears centered above the Apple Watch screen. In my daily tasks I have not noticed anything else, although the heart rate measurements have disappeared in the Health application. This is a normal day:


And this is a day with low power mode active. The only time my heart rate has been measured is when I’ve done a workout:

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Normally my training sessions do not exceed forty minutes, I am not a born athlete to say the least and I only try to maintain a healthy life. But while they last, Apple Watch’s sensors get to work.

During the rest of the day I have not noticed any changes either: I even continue to receive alerts to get up for a moment if I have been sitting for a long time. And although watchOS warns me that notifications may take a little longer to come out, I have not noticed any problems in this regard. I have always had my iPhone close and notifications have appeared instantly.

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And the autonomy? Well, in my particular case, I have barely noticed an improvement. When before I finished the days with a charge between 10% and 25%, the days that I have been with the low battery consumption mode I have come across charges between 20% and 30%.

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I’m not putting this down to poor resource management by watchOS: I suspect the battery in my Apple Watch Series 4 is already deteriorating, so Low Power Mode shouldn’t be able to squeeze out much extra power. Which leads me to say that this low power mode not the best choice if the watch is of a certain age and wear.

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Apple and Google must ban TikTok according to a US senator

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Michael Bennet, a Democratic US Senator from Colorado, is calling on Apple and Google to ban the TikTok app from the App Store and Play Store respectively. He cites national security reasons.

Banned for TikTok?

The TikTok social network is controlled by the Chinese group ByteDance and it has already been accused of collecting user data and then sharing it with the Chinese government. The company has always denied these accusations, but doubts remain among some politicians, especially in the United States.

So here is US Senator Michael Bennet who wrote a letter to Tim Cook (Apple boss) and Sundar Pichai (Google boss) asking them to ban TikTok, saying that no company subject to the “The dictates of the Chinese Communist Party should not have the power to accumulate so much data on the American people or provide content to nearly a third of our population”. He writes :

TikTok’s vast influence and aggressive data collection pose a specific threat to US national security because of its parent company’s obligations under Chinese law. Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law decrees that any organization or citizen must support, assist and cooperate with state intelligence work. Article 14 gives Chinese state security agencies the power to demand cooperation from companies like ByteDance, while Articles 16 and 17 allow intelligence officers to access relevant materials and files and use its communication tools and facilities.

He goes on to cite a June 2022 article revealing that TikTok employees had access to US user data between September 2021 and January 2022. “Everything is seen in China”had indicated an employee of the social network.

In view of the situation, the senator concludes his letter by stating: “Given these serious and growing concerns, I urge you to immediately remove TikTok from your respective app stores”.

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South Korea buries Apple’s iPhone clamping case (Battery Gate)

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The case of the voluntary slowing down of iPhone by Apple (battery gate), which, a few years ago, had earned the Cupertino company several strap lifts from international regulators, is bouncing back once again in South Korea. Against all expectations, the South Korean justice has indeed rejected a class action that pointed to the voluntary clamping of the iPhone in order, according to Apple, to save battery power and avoid an unexpected shutdown of the device. The proceedings initiated in court also argued that this restraint was a form of planned obsolescence whose objective was to encourage the purchase of a new iPhone.

Apple therefore escapes a new trial and possible compensation. The plaintiffs claimed no less than 1.64 million dollars in damages, an amount which would have been to be distributed among 9,800 people (owners or ex-owners of iPhone). Admittedly, the battery gate All the same, it dates back to 2017 – the year in which an iOS update reduced the performance of the iPhone’s processor to avoid unexpected shutdowns – but for those concerned, this does not change much.

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comes with the M2 chip, 256 GB and a featherweight for 220 euros less

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The main complaint that is attributed to the MacBook It is that the renewal between generations of this laptop has been rather scarce. A trend that has changed with the arrival of the MacBook Air 2022. Now, it is on Amazon at a minimum price and for 1,299 euros.

Apple 2022 MacBook Air Laptop with M2 Chip 13.6-Inch Liquid Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, Midnight Black

Apple 2022 MacBook Air Laptop with M2 Chip 13.6-Inch Liquid Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, Midnight Black

Buy the MacBook Air 2022 at the best price

It is very normal in Apple products that the sales are not very crazy, but it is a discount of 220 euros compared to its recommended price. This laptop has never been cheaper than these 1,299 euros. MediaMarkt also has it for the same price.

A laptop with an ultra-thin design and light weight (1.3 kg). your screen 13.6 inches is IPS LCD with Liquid Retinaoffering a 2K resolution, True Tone technology and 500 nit brightness. It has four speakers with spatial audio and Dolby Atmos compatible.

Inside, the main asset is the processor with the M2 chipwhich is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storagealthough it can expand up to 2TB. The battery, according to Xataka’s tests, may have a autonomy of 12 hours.

With macOS Monterey as a system, includes a webcam with 1080p resolutiontwo Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, other for MagSafe 3 and the headphone jack.

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