Apple Making It Harder to Avoid Nagging macOS Update Notifications

New macOS update is here to make your MacBook's battery healthier

Apple finished its round of platform updates this week with macOS Catalina 10.15.5, which brings new battery health management features and bug fixes to the operating system. Over the years, its charging capacity declines. This means that a 100% battery charge on your MacBook doesn't mean the battery is maxed out, but that it's at the highest charge allowed while optimizing the battery for a longer lifespan. On the basis of the measurements it collects, the battery health management will reduce the maximum charge of the battery when this mode is enabled. "A battery's lifespan depends on its chemical age, which is affected by factors such as its temperature history and charging pattern", notes Apple.

After four beta periods, Apple on Tuesday released the macOS update with battery health management. Instead, it will be the maximum of what should be provided to the battery to maximise its lifespan. Battery health management is turned on by default (when you update your Mac), but you can still turn it off in your settings.

This system to extend the useful life of batteries is already available to iPhone, but not iPad.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 ― Fresh off the latest update for mobile devices last week (iOS 13.5), Apple has just released the latest update for Mac users.

The latest macOS Catalina update also lets you disable automatic prominence in group FaceTime calls, which adjusts the size of the tile when a participant speaks.

Having said that, Apple has provided the option to turn off the battery health feature by going to System Preferences Energy Saver Battery Health.

Apple states that the update: Resolves a stability issue when transferring large amounts of data to RAID volumes.

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.

Check out the full list of changes in macOS Catalina 10.15.5 here.

Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices.

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