Apple comes out on the headlines again after previously releasing iOS 13.5 last week and now they come again after they released macOS Catalina 10.15.5 yesterday. The most amazing featured about the update is the 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 tge 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.
In certain cases, seeing 100 percent battery life in your menu bar may not necessarily mean it is the maximum your battery could charge to. Instead of meaning that it’s charged to 100 percent of what the battery could take, it will now mean it is charged 100 percent of what the battery should take to maximize its lifespan.
The new battery health feature will be turned on by default for new MacBooks that ship with macOS 10.15.5 or after you upgrade to macOS 10.15.5 if you are using a MacBook that supports Thunderbolt 3. MacOS 10.15.5 will also let you turn off the feature in group FaceTime calls that changes the size of the portrait of the current speaker, adds controls to let you better calibrate the Pro Display XDR, and has bug fixes and improvements.
MacOS Catalina’s name was inspired by Santa Catalina Island, popularly known as Catalina and one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. In the latest update, Apple has eliminated the iTunes app that has been a staple of the Mac Operating System since 2001. iTunes has been split into three apps; Music, Podcasts and TV.
The new apps are similar in function to iTunes now, but are split up bu feature. You can still manage tour devices in Catalina, but it is now done through the Finder rather than through an app. Syncing media can be done using the Apple TV, Podcasts or Music apps.