Back in April, Apple previewed an upcoming release of macOS Catalina 10.15.5, which would come with a new battery health management feature. As today, macOS Catalina 10.15.5 is now available for download.
The Battery Health Management feature would help manage your Mac’s battery by charging it to 100 percent of what the battery could take, for the sake of extending its lifespan. Here’s how Apple explains the feature:
The battery health management feature in macOS 10.15.5 is designed to improve your battery’s lifespan by reducing the rate at which it chemically ages. The feature does this by monitoring your battery’s temperature history and its charging patterns.
Based on the measurements that it collects, battery health management may reduce your battery’s maximum charge when in this mode. This happens as needed to ensure that your battery charges to a level that’s optimized for your usage—reducing wear on the battery, and slowing its chemical aging.
While battery health management benefits your battery’s long-term lifespan, it can also reduce the amount of time your Mac runs on one battery charge when capacity limits are applied. If your priority is making your Mac notebook last as long as possible before recharging, you can turn the feature off.
This macOS 10.15.5 update also allows users to disable Group FaceTime floating windows, calibration fine-tuning for Pro Display XDR, and more.
You can download macOS Catalina 10.15.5 by going to System Preferences on your Mac, then going to Software Update.