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New macOS update can extend your MacBook's battery lifespan

MacBook Pro
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You don’t build the perfect laptop in a day. No, it’s an exercise in small tweaks taken over time. Apple’s making one of those tweaks right now. A new update to macOS Catalina 10.15.5 launches battery health management, a behind-the-scenes feature designed to extend the life of your MacBook’s battery. 

MacBook Pro

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With battery health management enabled, the software examines a number of variables including battery temperature and charging history and uses that info to estimate the remaining battery life. From there, the software determines how much charge is sent to the MacBook, which can potentially extend the overall life of the battery. It’s a useful tool because your MacBook battery won't hold its charge as well after a few years. 

Battery health management works with laptops that have two Thunderbolt 3 ports. That means MacBook Air 2018 and MacBook Pro 2016 owners (and those with newer models) can take advantage of this nifty battery extending feature. 

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If you’re looking to give the feature a try, it’s currently available in the Catalina 10.15.5 public beta. 

Overall, we’re a fan of any technology that can potentially extend the life of our laptops –– especially when it comes as a free update.