iOS 16 introduced a new haptic feedback option for the default keyboard. When turned on, iPhone vibrates each time you press a key while typing, providing a physical confirmation of a keystroke. This feature is a useful addition to the iPhone, but be aware that Apple says it can potentially affect battery life.


“Enabling keyboard haptics can impact iPhone battery life,” says Apple in a help document published last week. Apple doesn’t give any additional details, so it’s unclear how much battery life this feature consumes. Keep in mind that Low Power Mode doesn’t turn off tactile feedback, so the only option for users who are concerned about the potential impact on battery life is to turn it off.

Every software feature on the iPhone obviously uses up the battery, but Apple thinks it’s worth mentioning explicitly the haptic feedback.

To enable haptic keyboard feedback, open the Settings app, tap Sounds & Haptics → Keyboard feedback, and turn on haptic feedback. The same switch can be used to disable the function at any time. This feature is available on iPhone 8 and later with iOS 16 or later and uses the Taptic engine inside the iPhones.

(Thank you, Dean of Row!)

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