macOS 10.15.5 is out now with a new battery health feature

Apple released macOS Catalina 10.15.5 today, adding a replacement battery health feature and new FaceTime options. That battery health feature could extend the lifetime of your MacBook’s battery.

Lithium-ion batteries, just like the ones during a MacBook, slowly age over time, which suggests they typically begin to carry less of a charge because the computer gets older. Apple’s new battery health feature in macOS is meant to slow that aging process in order that your battery will hold more charge over a extended period of your time .

Here’s how the feature works behind the scenes, as described by my colleagues Dieter Bohn and Jacob Kastrenakes last month: certain cases, seeing one hundred pc battery life in your menu bar might not necessarily mean it’s the utmost your battery could charge to. rather than meaning that it’s charged to one hundred pc of what the battery could take, it'll now mean it’s charged to one hundred pc of what the battery should fancy maximize its lifespan.

The new battery health feature are going to be turned on by default for brand spanking new MacBooks that ship with macOS 10.15.5 or after you upgrade to macOS 10.15.5 if you’re employing a MacBook that supports Thunderbolt 3 (which is any MacBook Pro released in 2016 or later or any MacBook Air released in 2018 or later).

macOS 10.15.5 also will allow you to close up the feature in group FaceTime calls that changes the dimensions of the portrait of the present speaker, adds controls to allow you to better calibrate the professional Display XDR, and has other bug fixes and enhancements .

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