Apple Changes Default MacBook Charging Behavior to Improve Battery Health ➝

Jason Snell:

The way MacBook batteries charge is about to change. Apple has released a new developer preview of macOS Catalina 10.15.5, and as these releases often do, it contains a new feature: Battery Health Management.

The new feature, which will only be available on Mac notebooks with Thunderbolt 3 ports, enables a new default approach to charging and discharging MacBook batteries. According to Apple, the feature is meant to reduce the rate of chemical aging of the MacBook’s battery, thereby extending its long-term lifespan—but without compromising on day-to-day battery life.

This is the type of feature that I love seeing from Apple — something that seems infinitely obvious, but only after you’ve heard about it.

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