A couple of years ago, Apple came under fire when it was discovered that they had been throttling their iPhones. The official reason was that Apple slowed down iPhones with aging batteries to prevent it from crashing, but many weren’t too thrilled that they weren’t at least given the option.
Apple later made changes to help users better understand and identify their iPhone’s battery health, and in iOS 13, it appears that Apple has introduced a new battery management system that is expected to help slow the rate of decay of an iPhone’s battery.
The company does not go into specifics on how the new system works, but according to the description on Apple’s website, “A new option helps slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged. iPhone learns from your daily charging routine so it can wait to finish charging past 80% until you need to use it.”
For those who are unfamiliar, Apple’s current battery management system will speed up the rate of charging while the phone is below 80%. It then slows the charging process when it goes to 80% to a trickle charge. This is designed to help extend the lifespan of the battery. Based on the description of the new feature, Apple is taking things to the next level by anticipating the user’s charging habits.
Whether or not this will result in better battery health management remains to be seen.