macOS Catalina 10.15.5 Beta Includes Battery Health Management Feature for Macs

With macOS Catalina 10.15.5, Apple is bringing Battery Health Management features to the Mac for the first time, introducing the functionality on Macs that have Thunderbolt 3 ports.

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Apple has shared details on Battery Health Management with sites like Six Colors, TechCrunch, and The Verge, giving us a look at what to expect when macOS Catalina 10.15.5 launches to the public.

Battery Health Management is designed to extend the overall lifespan of a Mac notebook by reducing the rate of chemical aging. The feature will analyze the battery health of the laptop and its charging pattern, and in some cases, will preserve battery health by not charging a MacBook to full capacity as this can reduce battery life.

When a Mac is used plugged in and the battery is kept full for the most part, the Battery Health Management feature will kick in and it will stop short of a full charge.

Apple has been using Battery Health Management features in its iPhones for years now, and when the functionality was initially introduced, it caused an uproar as Apple was not clear about its implementation.

In iPhones, the battery management features reduce processor speed at times of peak usage to prevent an iPhone with reduced battery capacity from shutting down. The Mac feature works differently, and will instead limit charging to full in some cases.

Battery Health Management can be disabled by checking the new Battery Health Management option in the Energy Saver section of the System Preferences app once macOS Catalina 10.15.5 has been installed.

The Battery Health Management feature is new in the second macOS Catalina 10.15.5 beta and is limited to developers at the current time. It will be available to all users when macOS Catalina 10.15.5 is released.

Top Rated Comments

dannyyankou Avatar
13 months ago
Finally. But for crying out loud, bring it to iPads.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
konqerror Avatar
13 months ago
Meanwhile, everybody else has had this feature for over a decade...



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collin_ Avatar
13 months ago
I would love to see an option to simply disable charging while using the laptop plugged in. That is the most helpful feature I can think of when it comes to extending the battery lifespan. Bonus points if it automatically charges at like 30% and stops around 70.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
badatusernames Avatar
13 months ago
Now, all we need is the a built in low power mode.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iMacDragon Avatar
13 months ago
long term non usage of battery they're happiest at about ~70% capacity.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anshuvorty Avatar
13 months ago

Does using a MBP plugged in the whole timed degrades battery?
It seems that might be the case....otherwise, why would Apple release such a feature now?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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