In his A newsletter today, BloombergMark Gurman of , said that an enhanced power saving mode for the Apple Watch is still in development and should be released around the same time as watchOS 9’s public release later this year.

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While the Apple Watch already has a power reserve mode that only shows the time on screen to save battery life, Gurman said the enhanced power saving mode would allow apps and other features to be used in a low-power state. Gurman first reported that the feature was in development in April, but Apple didn’t announce the feature when previewing watchOS 9 at its WWDC developer conference in June.

Gurman believes Apple could announce the new Low Power Mode at a later date, similar to how the new Lockdown Mode for iOS 16 was announced after WWDC. watchOS 9 is expected to be released in September alongside the launch of the Apple Watch Series 8, a new Apple Watch SE, and a new rugged/extreme version of the Apple Watch.

Gurman has previously claimed that the low-power mode could be a “hardware-exclusive feature,” suggesting it might be limited to the Apple Watch Series 8 and possibly other new models. In today’s newsletter, Gurman suggested that power saving mode could go hand-in-hand with some of the new features in the rugged Apple Watch.

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