Apple adds a new feature named Battery health management to macOS to improve the lifespan of the batteries, which are available in the latest MacBook models. It will be released as a part of the latest preview of macOS 10.15.5 Catalina; it will work the same as the Battery Health feature, which is present in the iPhone models. It is only for the MacBook models, which supports Thunderbolt 3. So, it means the feature is for all the MacBook Pro models, which launched after 2016 and also for all Retina MacBook Air versions.
A support page said on the Apple site, the feature of Battery health management is to improve the battery lifespan of the MacBook by decreasing the rate at which it starts aging chemically. By default, the feature will be enabled, but the users can disable it manually.
Apple said on its support page that it would be based on the measurements that it collects, battery health management might reduce the battery’s maximum charge when it is in this mode. It happens when it is needed to assure that the battery charges to a certain level, which optimizes the usage, i.e., reduces the wear on the battery and also slows down its chemical aging.
When the Battery health management feature gets enabled, then it starts recording the user charging patterns to adjust the maximum level of charging that is required by the users MacBook. So, it means that it will not provide the current to charge 100% of the battery capacity, there will be only 100% that should be provided to the battery to increase its life.
There will be no difference noticeable at the battery level indicator, which is available on the status bar of the MacBook. The user will get an indication by the battery status menu when it needs the battery service. It is similar to when the user checks the maximum capacity of their iPhone’s battery by going into the Battery Health settings.
The company said that the battery health management benefits the user’s battery lifespan as a long-term, it will also decrease the amount of time the Mac runs on one battery charge when its capacity limits are applied.
If the user doesn’t care about the lifespan or he needs usage, that can be in case he is traveling or have to go to a place where he doesn’t get a charging point. He can manually turn off the new addition by going into System Preferences > Energy Saver and then clicking the Battery Health… button. There will be a pop-up screen available from where he has to click the Battery health management option to disable the feature.
The new move of Apple will be a part of all the latest MacBook models by the public release of macOS 10.15.5 Catalina. The developers can check the functionality by the latest developer preview.
Apple might announce the new version of macOS with iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS at WWDC 2020. The event will happen online, and it will happen in June. As per a tipster Jon Prosser, the tentative internal date for WWDC 2020 is 1st June.