iOS 14.5 update will recalibrate battery health reporting

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The next iOS Update will bring battery recalibration.

Starting with iOS 14.5, Apple will have a battery recalibration system for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. This update will enable users to understand better their phones’ battery health and peak performance capability. Due to a flaw in Apple’s battery health monitoring system, some users have received incorrect estimates. Apple says the phone’s total battery capacity and peak output status will update over time with regular charging cycles, which may take up to a few weeks.

Many iPhone users were left bitter by Apple’s now-resolved “Batterygate” debacle. However, they finally got the much-needed Battery Health feature in iOS 11.3. Apple has been steadily tweaking behind the scenes. Most iPhone users now depend on this battery health information, which is also a significant consideration for used iPhone buyers.

Apple’s battery health monitoring system appears to have been displaying incorrect figures for some iPhone 11-series users. Their devices will be able to recalibrate their batteries with the new iOS 14.5 update. However, such a feature would have been welcome on all compatible devices (from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone 12 lineup). It seems that the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max would be the only ones to get it or at least the first.

According to Apple’s support document for the upcoming feature, a new message will appear under Settings > Battery > Battery Health, replacing any previous message for a depleted battery. iOS seems to be deciding when to begin this phase independently, which may take a few weeks to complete. Apple also warns that its battery health reporting system will be unable to advise users about whether or not their phone’s battery needs to be serviced or replaced during the recalibration phase.

Upon complete recalibration, the message would vanish, along with updated information on maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability. If the process fails, as it does in some cases, users may take their device to an Apple-approved repair shop for a free battery replacement. On the other hand, effective recalibration isn’t indicative of a safety problem, according to Apple. However, users who continue to use such batteries may experience battery and performance issues.

 

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