Apple is about to roll out a new feature in the latest modern MacBook known as ‘Battery health management’. The feature is available for the developers today and shall roll out into the future macOS Catalina 10.15.5 update.
The feature turns on by default and can extend the overall lifespan of your laptop battery. It will achieve this feat by reducing the rate of chemical aging. It does this by not charging the battery to its maximum potential in particular cases, completely charging a battery places strain on it that can cause it to reduce its longevity throughout its usage.
This implies that for certain cases, even seeing a 100 percent battery life in the menu bar may not mean that the laptop is charged to its fullest potential. Instead, 100 percent will imply that the laptop has been charged to 100 percent of what the battery can manage to attain its maximum lifespan. Sounds delightful, right? Apple has said that it will be making sure that this doesn’t cause a major impact on battery life but has not commented on what percentage of charge will be reduced.
You probably don’t have to worry about this update since Apple is using a surgical approach to select the laptops that will be affected by this change. It will be relying on your MacBook’s on-device history of charging and battery temperature to ascertain if there could be an appreciable extension to your battery’s life with this feature. The feature applies to any MacBook that features Thunderbolt 3 – thus bringing MacBook Pro from 2016 and MacBook Air models since 2018 under the jurisdiction of this feature.
Apple has further stated that this feature will be on by default but users can simply turn it off by going to the power setting in the macOS. All of the data regarding the battery is collected and analyzed locally and any information sent to Apple is done only if you have opted for sharing analytics. The company also stated that even if you have, the data is kept anonymous.
The timing of this update is quite crucial because of the COVID-19 pandemic and people relying on their laptops much more as opposed to before the coronavirus happened. The feature is adaptive and as your charging patterns change, so will the application of this feature. Do let us know what you think of this incredible feature by Apple.