With iOS 9, Apple has introduced a new Low Power mode to preserve battery life but new benchmarking tests show it comes at a cost.
According to a new report from MacRumors, the Low Power mode works by cutting the device's performance to boost its battery life by up to 3 hours. Using the benchmarking app Geekbench 3, MacRumors found that the new battery-saving mode throttles performance by about 40 percent. The feature will be automatically activated when the device's battery level drops below 10 or 20 percent, though users can choose to turn it on before then. "Low Power Mode temporarily reduces power consumption until you can fully charge your iPhone. When this is on, mail fetch, background app refresh, automatic downloads, and some visual effects are reduced or disabled," explained Apple. Other battery-saving features are expected to extend the device's battery life by an extra hour.
In other iOS news, the release of the iOS 9 public beta is fast approaching. Earlier this month, Apple unveiled its fall iOS update and announced that it will launch a public beta program starting in July for users to test-drive iOS 9. To use the public iOS 9 beta, users must sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. Previous programs have had a limit to the number of users that can sign up - it is unclear if there is a cap for the iOS 9 beta. Before downloading the upgrade, users should back up their device to a computer in case something goes awry. Because this is a beta, there may be some bugs and issues; using a non-essential phone for the beta is recommended. The public iOS 9 beta could launch as soon as this week.
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