We all know the iPhone is something akin to a Mac in your pocket. Indeed, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X have an Apple-designed central processing unit (the CPU) which benchmarks favorably against many mid-range Intel Inside CPUs in the MacBook and MacBook Pro. iPhone users have more apps available than Mac users but screen real estate means we’re not likely to see the Mac pass away into the sunset any time soon.
What does the Mac have besides screen real estate and more powerful– and optional– horsepower? One feature that Macs and macOS have that I want for iPhone and iPad is the option to shut down, restart, or startup according to a schedule.
That’s right. I want my iPhone to shut down and start up the way a Mac does. Or, can. I know many Mac users who don’t know about the feature. Open System Preferences on your Mac. Click on the Energy Saver icon. In the lower right hand corner you’ll see a Schedule button. Click it.
Here’s what you get.
These start up, restart, sleep, and shut down options have been on macOS for as long as I can remember. I use them on my desktop iMac at work, my work MacBook Pro, and both Macs at home. Typical Apple. The Energy Saver start up utility is hidden, therefore, it is seldom used by the Mac masses, but it can be utterly useful, despite the lack of additional features.
If you need more than what Energy Saver does with the daily or weekday schedule, you can try Power Manager, a Mac utility which expands the functionality beyond an order of magnitude.
With Power Manager you can create sophisticated energy saving schedules and automate complex tasks. Power Manager can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction.
Not bad, right? Look at the long list of options that can be attached to a timer schedule.
One reason you won’t see such power on an iPhone or iPad is because we use those devices differently. My Macs get powered down each day, sometimes through a weekend, so usage is different. iPhone and iPad seem to be on 24/7, though I power down and restart every few days.
So, what I want for my iPhone and iPad is what I can get already on my Mac. The option to shut down, power on, or restart according to a schedule. As iOS 11 is now, I can’t even set a schedule to back up to iCloud. iOS seems to perform the backup when it feels like it.
That’s wrong. Users want and need more granular controls over specific functions. It’s that lack of transparency and desire to keep such functionality away from the user experience that embroiled Apple in Batterygate.
Hey Apple, there’s nothing wrong with a few more optional controls for customers who can and will use them.