macOS 10.15.5 is out now with a new battery health feature

A 2020 Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with the display on and keyboard visiblePhoto by Dieter Bohn / The Verge

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

Lithium-ion batteries, like the ones in a MacBook, slowly age over time, which means they typically begin to hold less of a charge as the computer gets older. Apple’s new battery health feature in macOS is designed to slow that aging process so that your battery will hold more charge over a longer period of time.

Here’s how the feature works behind the scenes, as described by my colleagues Dieter Bohn and Jacob Kastrenakes last month:

…in certain cases, seeing 100 percent battery life in your menu bar may not necessarily mean it’s the maximum your…

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