Sunday, July 26, 2015

iOS 9 battery indicator is a nice addition to my iPad

Not that long ago I was looking for a way to determine the battery life of my Logitech Ultrathin keyboard for my iPad Air 2.  I won't get in to how much better my logitech keyboard for the iPad 2 was!

You get your general color notifications on the keyboard itself but not an indication of how much battery life you have left.

I noticed when playing with widgets in iOS 9 beta that there is a battery indicator you can enable and see the status of your bluetooth devices.  Assuming the indicator is correct, this is exactly what I was looking for.  Hopefully they keep this option when iOS 9 goes GA.

In case someone stumbles across this post, has iOS 9, and wants to enable this feature, here is how you turn it on:

Open Notification Center by swiping down from the top of the screen.

Click edit:

Add the batteries widget:

You can optionally move the widget around:

Once added, click on Done on the top right and you'll see the widget.

I did notice that the widget only shows up when I have a bluetooth device connected, not when its just iPad.