iOS 16.1 could be saving the world one charge at a time — here’s how

Monday’s launch of iOS 16.1 brought with it a curious new feature for iPhone users in the U.S. called Clean Energy Charging, which aims to help cut down on carbon emissions. 

As explained by Apple (opens in new tab), in an effort to lessen the environmental impact of charging your phone, iPhones running iOS 16.1 will learn users’ charging habits and aim to juice up an iPhone with the cleanest energy possible. Apple states that through location services, the phone “gets a forecast of the carbon emissions in your local energy grid,” and then prioritizes charging your device at times when your local grid is producing energy at its cleanest.

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