For those of us who rely on Watch to help keep our iPhones where they belong– in the pocket, purse, or bag– while we drive or otherwise can’t go fishing for an iPhone at the moment, alerts and notifications have become the new killer apps. There’s just one problem.
What? Dead Again?
Most of Apple’s products rely on two basics. An operating system of apps and utilities that make things happen. And a battery. Unfortunately, every Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch has a battery that can be drained by wayward background processes, and without much notification.
Yes, I applaud and appreciate Apple’s intent with the new Emergency button coming on Watch and watchOS 3. It’s much needed, somewhat overdue, and could help save a few lives by calling authorities, friends, family members, or co-workers when activated. Thank you, Apple. It’s about time.
Hey. Here’s an idea, Apple. Why not have a built-in, user configurable alert for the battery levels on our devices?
Think of it this way. Whether Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Watch, each device should alert us to a rapidly dropping battery level, or alert us when battery levels reach a critical point. This is long over due. Every Apple device I use that has a battery has unexpectedly conked out a few times because some wayward background process gobbled up the remaining battery life while I was busy doing something else.
The latest example is Watch. Earlier this week I woke up to a Watch with no power. It was fully charged earlier in the evening prior, but something happened during the night which caused the battery to drain faster than normal. I’ve had the same thing happen a few times to my MacBook, and all of us have seen iPhone’s battery levels drain down faster than a politician backtracking on an ill-advised tweet.
All I’m asking for from Apple is a user configurable alert– a simple and straightforward notification that says something like this:
Hey, Babs. Battery level is now at 10-percent. Your friend, Watch.
How hard can that be? After all, each of our devices has a battery level display somewhere nearby. It’s highly visible on both iPhone and Watch, and requires a mere glance on a Mac notebook. Our Apple devices are complicated and complex little beasts. There are many, many processes running around in the background; some from Apple, many from third party app developers, any one of which can start sucking up battery juice faster than a politician looking for donations.
Apple should build in a battery alert system on macOS Sierra, iOS 10, and watchOS so users are given notifications– also fully user configurable with options for beeps, buzzes, and haptic vibrations– so we know when the battery is draining faster than normal, or has reached a pre-defined amount.
Watch and iPhone are getting a long overdue emergency notification system, and I applaud Apple’s efforts, but we could all benefit from something simple like battery level notifications for each device.