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Apple watchOS 9 adds a low-power mode to Series 4 and later devices

When Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 8 on Wednesday, it introduced a new Low Power Mode feature that doubles the wearable’s battery life by turning off certain features. It’s not limited to Apple’s latest devices, though — during the show, Apple’s Low Power Mode will come with watchOS 9 “Series 4 and later,” which will launch on September 12.

Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra (Apple says its larger Watch can go from 36 hours of runtime to 60, though the company hasn’t said whether the mode is effective on older devices. The mode is turned on). But based on what we know about how it works, it’s clear that it will be less effective on at least some models.

Low Power Mode saves juice by turning off certain features like the always-on display, workout autostart, heart health notifications, and more, while keeping things like activity tracking and fall detection on. While turning the screen off completely improves battery life on some of Apple’s watches, it doesn’t do much for the Series 4 or SE — they don’t have always-on displays to begin with.

Apple did not respond to the edgeA request for comment on what kind of features it will turn off watches like the new SE or whether the feature will come to the budget model. The SE fits the “Series 4 and later” description, but the SE’s product page doesn’t specify a low power mode.

Despite the caveats, it’s nice to know that there will soon be a way to get at least a little more runtime out of your old watch without having to go into ultra-bare-bones power reserve mode that only displays the time. When you press the watch side button. That’s especially true as these devices and their batteries age — though it’s worth noting that Apple offers watch batteries for $79 if you want your Series 4 to last as long as possible.

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