Haptics can come at a price. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales/The Verge

iOS 16 added a feature that finally lets you turn on haptic feedback as you type, meaning you’ll feel a slight vibration under your fingers every time you press a key on the iPhone’s virtual keyboard. But those little vibrations may come at a price: in a new one supporting documentApple says that turning on haptic feedback can affect your iPhone’s battery life (through 9to5Mac).

Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t specify how much the setting might change your expected battery life; the note on the support page only says that “turning on the touch keyboard may affect your iPhone’s battery life.” Although I can’t imagine that the haptic drains the battery too much if you’re looking for ways to save as much as possible battery, turning off tactics might be one setting you can toggle to get a little more power.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of the touch sensors on the iPhone keyboard — I can barely feel them on my iPhone 12 Mini — so I plan to keep them off, and now I can justify it as a way to help preserve the phone’s not-so-good battery life . But others here at On the edge are huge fans of haptic feedback, so it might just be something I’m interested in. If you want to try keyboard touch for yourself, check out our guide on how to turn them on — just be aware that using them can take a toll on your battery.


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