iOS 16 haptic keyboard drains iPhone battery life

The new haptic keyboard feature in iOS 16, which vibrates the iPhone when users type, can drain battery life. This has been revealed in a new support page updated by Apple, in which the company explained how to use the feature.

iOS 16 haptic feedback keyboard

Disable haptic keyboard in iOS 16 to save battery life

iOS keyboards have always had sound feedback for keyboard typing, however, with iOS 16, Haptic feedback was added. This makes the iPhone vibrate upon key press, which makes the typing experience much better. Interestingly, Apple has added a small note on its support page for haptic keyboard:

Turning on keyboard haptics might affect the battery life of your iPhone.

This is not surprising as the haptic motor inside the iPhone is used more often with keyboard typing. While Apple has not put any numbers on how much impact haptics have on battery, we can imagine that it would depend on how much users type.

If you are cautious about your iPhone’s battery life, you may want to keep this feature disabled. Interestingly, Apple does not disable this feature when Low Power Mode is enabled, which is a strange omission. This could potentially mean that the battery drain is minimum.

You can enable haptic keyboard in iOS 16, by going to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Keyboard Feedback. 

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