Apple’s macOS Catalina 10.15.5 Beta update promotes battery life


Apple’s macOS Catalina features a function to prolong a MacBook’s battery life. The 10.15.5 beta update boasts on its ‘Battery Health Management.’

Apple today rolled out the macOS Catalina 10.15.5 beta update. The release featured a function that prolongs the MacBook’s battery life.

The Battery Health management targets to lengthen the battery life of MacBooks, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The said feature delays the chemical aging of batteries by changing the laptop charging pattern and may result in a longer overall device life span.

How the battery health management works

The battery health management works by preventing the MacBook batteries from charging all the way to 100 percent. Records show that charging any device to its full capacity puts a strain and promotes chemical aging on the battery.

The macOS 10.15.5 battery life-prolonging feature will cause the battery meter to display 100 percent even before it gets fully charged. However, the battery fully charged indication on the meter will only mean that the charging is completed based only on what the battery should take to prolong its life.

This means that even before the MacBook battery reaches 100 percent of what it could take, the charging will have to be stopped.

Battery health management impact on system performance

Apple assured consumers that the battery life-prolonging feature on macOS Catalina 10.15.5 update will not in any way affect the battery performance. Having said that, the Cupertino tech giant confirmed that the feature will not have an impact on the device performance as well.

This is not the first time that Apple is changing the way the battery charging is done. iPhones had Battery health maintenance for years now.

However, the said feature functioned differently for iPhones. The life-prolonging feature prevents the phone from reaching the end of the battery charge by reducing the processor speed whenever the phone is at peak usage.

How is Battery health management activated

The battery life-prolonging feature comes by default with macOS Catalina 10.15.5. MacBook users who wish to disable the function may go to the Energy Saving section on their device settings. Head over to System Preferences where they can find the Battery Health Management option and click disable.

As of the moment, the battery health management feature is only available for developers and is expected to roll out soon.

Upon release, the battery enhancement feature will be available for any MacBook Pro released since 2016. MacBook Air models since 2018 or all MacBook that supports Thunderbolt 3 will have the said function as well.

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