Does your iPhone support Raise to Wake on iOS 10?

By , Jul 6, 2016

Apple event September 2015 M9 slide 001

iOS 10 makes waking your iPhone from sleep as easy as raising it in your hand. Aptly named Raise to Wake, this useful feature automatically wakes the screen as you raise the device so that you can instantly see all your notifications at a glance. It may sound like it’s no big deal, but it is. However, Raise to Wake requires iOS to constantly capture and interpret data from the iPhone’s many sensors to determine how you’re holding the phone in your hand.

In order to realize this feature in a power-frinedly manner, it reads data from the sensors using  an Apple-designed motion coprocessor, which also happens to be required for tetherless ‘Hey Siri’ functionality. So, does your iPhone support Raise to Wake on iOS 10 or not?

Update: Apple has released iOS 10 and Raise to Wake is now available to all supported devices. We have also published a tutorial on how to disable Raise to Wake.

Raise to Wake system requirements

The name of that chip is the M9 and, unlike previous motion coprocessors that were separate chips, it’s embedded right into the main Apple-designed application processor.

The devices that have an embedded M9 chip required for Raise to Wake are:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE

We’re expecting that support to extend to the iPhone 7 smartphones when they launch alongside iOS 10 this fall.

Why M9?

Apple could have lowered system requirements for Raise to Wake, but has obviously decided against doing so as that would’ve resulted in a significantly increased power consumption because previous-generation motion coprocessors were not optimized for continual monitoring of the iPhone’s sensors in a power-efficient manner.

If you’re in the luck and your device is supported, you’re definitely going to love Raise to Wake. It’s one of those features that sounds trivial on paper but becomes indispensable the moment you start using it.

Before iOS 10, waking your iPhone from sleep required you to press either the Sleep/Wake button—which was impractical due to the button’s position on the iPhone’s right side—or the Home button, which on newer iOS devices instantly takes you to the Home screen because Touch ID is just too damn fast.

iOS 10 availability

iOS 10 is available to members of the Apple Developer Program and will launch to public beta testers signed on the Apple Beta Software Program in July ahead of public availability this fall.

System requirements for iOS 10 are the same as those for its predecessor, but the iPhone 4s, the original iPad mini and iPad 2 are no longer supported.

Have you tried Wake to Raise yet?

Have you installed iOS 10 and tried out Wake to Raise?

If so, how do you like this feature and will you be using it on a regular basis. Chime in with your thoughts down in the comments.

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  • Fardeen Beharry

    power-frinedly typo

    • lawrencejob

      My favourite typo in this article is “Wake to Raise” at the bottom.

  • leart

    it would be nice only if doesn’t impact heavily on the battery

    • Burge

      try reading the article

      • leart

        already did, in paper even the iphone battery life is amazing… usually i don’t believe everything i read

  • This is one of the features they shouldn’t have put into the betas yet, it’s no where near ready for prime time. The sensors that monitor the movement are incorrectly calibrated in IOS 10 at the moment. So when you pick up your device, even on a angle it triggers the screen to wake. This goes hand in hand with the horizontal issue too. If the device is stuck in horizontal mode you’ll also notice the screen will awake but will be vertical. But upon re-entry to the home screen it’s horizontal again but stuck until you hit the power button. I’ve sent notifications to Apple for both Beta’s. I’m sure that will be fixed but because the sensor code is not calibrating correctly in the betas, that is why battery life is getting hammered.

    • sh1ny

      But if it isn’t in beta, how can Apple perfect it in release? Except for battery life, which seems to worsen with every build.

      • True, I just mean it really wasn’t ready for a beta build period. There’s a lot of issues with it, more so then just developers and the public testers making notes about. Internally is where those changes should have will occurred prior to even showing the feature off at WWDC. It feels like a very rushed feature. Complete agree with you that they’ll perfect it. Have you noticed extremely bad battery life? I know Beta 1 I did, but Beta 2 so far today has been pretty decent.

      • sh1ny

        Well, I guess when a feature isn’t ready for a debut, it just silently doesn’t show up. As it was in the case of Auto Unlock using macOS Sierra and Apple Watch. So, it’s betta than nothing.

        Regarding battery life: oh, no — iOS 10 is surprisingly good at it on my 6s Plus so far. Beta 2 is even better. But if history is any indication, they will “fix” it.

      • There’s a lot of issues with it

        That’s literally the definition of a “beta”. There’s issues all over the place but you should expect that from pre-release software.

    • jOn Garrett

      A better approach is the way Samsung does it. when you pick up your device it vibrates if you have any missed notifications.

      Vibrate plus notification LED is pure genius.

      • Rajat Verma

        Yes, It is but what if I just want a glance of what I just received.

      • jOn Garrett

        Then glance at it. I prefer to have this feature off on my S7E.

        Content on my lock screen is not for me.

    • Mike Chu

      It’s a beta – I’m sure it’ll be fixed by the time the Gold Master comes out

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Last subheading should read “Have you tried Raise to Wake?” and not “Have you tried Wake to Raise?”

  • Y2J

    Whenever I have it enabled it wakes my phone up way too often at times when it shouldn’t.

  • I have the iPhone 6s but it sucks that the iPhone 6 doesn’t support since the iPhone 5 SE does. Like how does that make any sense to Apple?

    • james smith

      if they did include iPhone 6 & 6+ it would drain the battery too much then you would be complaining about battery life

      • thunderqus

        than Apple should stop “Slim” madness and actually put large battery in their phones! people will request features specially when they paid thousands of dollars for iPhones.

      • jOn Garrett

        If apple won’t give you the features you want, why do you keep buying their phones?

        It makes no sense to be brand loyal when said brand won’t give you what you want–year after year.

      • thunderqus

        I dont buy iPhones, my comment is in general as to what people will expect , and please dont even try to ask why would people expect!

      • Rajat Verma

        I totally agree with you, 6s was my last iPhone

      • Rounak

        I hope you know iPhone 6 has larger battery than the 6S

      • Rajat Verma

        No, they must include it and provide feature to turn off/on

      • Rajat Verma

        And more over no motion coprocesor or such shit is required they can just do it by gyroscope+accelerometer.
        They try to shit customers by creating hype of little things they do, I just don’t understand why we have so tiny battery, when others are making it big.

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Because it so happens that the iPhone SE is the latest iPhone, not even the iPhone 6s, so yes, it makes a whole lot of sense.

    • pawfyd

      It makes a lot of sense because SE is basically a smaller 6s without 3D Touch. 6 has a lot worse hardware.

      • leart

        yeah, last month tried 2 iPhone 6 and they didn’t impresioned me, returned them and now I have a 6s+ and the difference is very noticeable … the 6 on iOS 9 was meh.. on iOS 8 was very good..

    • askep3

      How does it not make sense the SE has the same processor as the 6s while the 6 doesn’t

    • Rajat Verma

      Yeah! This is hell crap from apple, I don’t just understand why m9, when it can only work with gyroscope + accelerometer,.

  • sh1ny

    Well, I guess when a feature isn’t ready for a debut, it just silently doesn’t show up. As it was in the case of Auto Unlock using macOS Sierra and Apple Watch. So, it’s betta than nothing.

    Regarding battery life: oh, no — iOS 10 is surprisingly good at it on my 6s Plus so far. Beta 2 is even better. But if history is any indication, they will “fix” it.

  • James G

    Looking forward to this!

  • Martin 

    I would love to have this feature on my iPad as well… I got used to it on an iPhone already

  • askep3

    It’s actually not that bad that the older iPhones don’t have raise to wake, since their Touch ID was slower so they could still see notifications, on these latest phones you have to press the side button, so the raise to wake is really useful.

  • sg1969

    “Apple could have lowered system requirements for Raise to Wake, but has obviously decided against doing so as that would’ve resulted in a significantly increased power consumption because previous-generation motion coprocessors were not optimized for continual monitoring of the iPhone’s sensors in a power-efficient manner.”

    no, they just want you to buy a new phone, that’s all. They couldn’t care less if your phone battery dies or not. you bought the phone, they have your money already.

    • Rajat Verma

      Hahaha, so true. And believe me now nobody is going to buy a new one and apple is going to die soon.

  • Justin Pease

    I think it should have been enabled as an option for us with older gen phones (5s here). I would like to use it and it would work for me, because I am in an environment where I can charge my phone at most any time. If I was not in this environment, I think I would not want it, but it would be nice to be able to have the option of using this feature, which I had on my Android phone.

  • Shαηα τhε Flαmε Ηαζε

    Would they ever add it to the iPhone 6?

  • Rajat Verma

    can’t spend 800$ for every so called free os update, if you can’t provide same features for at least 3 gens then go f**k yourself.

  • Rajat Verma

    With every step they are taking forward they are becoming a shit of a company, I don’t know who dumb brain peoples are doing analysis for market requirement, and why do they think that customers are dumb and won’t understand any thing technical, they only focus on on keeping recent customers happy, but they don’t know that recent ones are not going to buy again, business is with the customers who are 2 or 3 gen behind.

    • Burge

      So your saying people with old devices who will probably want these new features are going to need to get a new device. Your comments make no sense what so ever, it’s people with the old devices that this is amid at so they purchase new devices.

  • Shαηα τhε Flαmε Ηαζε

    Will they add this to the iphone 6?

    • Burge

      No

  • Cha Hernandez

    does raise to awake drain battery?

    maybe its my battery already being low but i put it on at about 8%, havent touched my phone is about 15-20 mins and its down to 5%.. but im not sure why since i havent raised my phone in that time

  • Jafu1

    The raise to wake feature plays hell with my 6s. When carrying the phone in my front pocket and moving around, it goes through many wake and sleep cycles and heats up. Checking the battery level shows a big drain. I turned off the feature and problem solved. I guess I’ll just have to go through the agony of pushing a button.

  • BeaveVillage

    Disabled ‘push home button to unlock’ What’s the point of raise to wake if you have to push a button; let your fingerprint unlock your iPhone and save that one extra push.

  • Richard Anyanwu

    I wonder why Apple is coming out with this Raise to wake feature now. This is a feature Samsung has had for sometime now. Apple is way behind Samsung. Sad

  • Marta Namo

    Just downloaded to my Iphone 6splus and the raise to wake feature is not there.

  • Andras Fabian

    Great to find this, then maybe they should have notified before pushing to upgrade my 5s. The lack of the swipe unlock is a pain in the ass. How can I roll back to 9?

  • buzz bell

    I am thinking it is using more battery power…i am going through everything to check but battery life is DEF> down since iOS 10

  • John Greekmme

    I got iPhone 6 but all story sucks…