Apple just released the new version of iOS 11.3 beta today that features the much anticipated Battery Health Status.
Access the new setting via Settings > Battery > Battery Health (Beta). When you tap on this setting, it will show you a couple of indicators.
First, it indicates the maximum capacity of your iPhone battery. This measure shows you the relative strength of the battery compared to its original ‘new’ state. Lower capacity may also result in fewer hours of usage between charges according to Apple’s description.
The second battery status indicator is the ‘Peak Performance Capability.’ This indicator is more of a notification as opposed to a metric. Mainly it shows the status message of your iPhone battery. If your battery is in good condition, it will show you the message “Battery Currently supporting normal peak performance.” However, if there is a problem with your iPhone battery, this will change into a different alert suggesting you to replace your iPhone battery.
These new changes in the iOS are a result of the public outcry that we saw when Apple publicly admitted to slowing down older iPhones whose battery performance was not optimal.
In a public apology statement to consumers worldwide, Apple had described this issue and said:
“Early in 2018, we will issue an iOS software update with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance.”
Apple will not recommend users disable the throttling as it may mean that they will not be able to use their device in emergency situations.
In the current design, there is no explicit switch setting to “de-throttle.” We are assuming that Apple may have stopped the throttling process altogether and instead added features to make your battery health more transparent.
You can read about the updated Apple Battery Health Status document at the Apple site.
It is also very much possible that this is merely the introduction of the new battery features and we may see additional bells and whistles with more iterations of the iOS 11.3 Beta. We do like that the status explicitly calls out the battery health information. Currently, you are required to contact Apple Support to do a diagnostic before you can replace your iPhone battery.
Either way, Stay tuned, and we will update as we learn additional features regarding Apple’s design for battery related issues. This feature is currently only available to Developers who are testing out the new Beta.