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In iPhone 15, users will see additional details like battery cycle count in Settings, giving them a more specific idea about the status of their battery health.

Currently, iPhones offer limited battery information. The Maximum Capacity is a useful detail to show the battery’s efficiency since the iPhone came out of the factory. However, there is no specific way to directly view the factors that affect it, requiring users to use third-party apps and tools to see them.

This is now changing in iPhone 15, which now shows additional battery details in Settings > General > About. On the page, users will see the manufacturing date and the first use date of the battery. It also includes the cycle count of the battery, which can explain how the battery health of the unit diminishes. As Apple explains:

Apple lithium-ion batteries work in charge cycles. You complete one charge cycle when you’ve used (discharged) an amount that equals 100% of your battery’s capacity — but not necessarily all from one charge. For instance, you might use 75% of your battery’s capacity one day, then recharge it fully overnight. If you use 25% the next day, you will have discharged a total of 100%, and the two days will add up to one charge cycle. It could take several days to complete a cycle. The capacity of any type of battery will diminish after a certain amount of recharging. With lithium-ion batteries, the capacity diminishes slightly with each complete charge cycle.

If that is the case, how many cycles can the battery take before its health significantly diminishes? As per Apple, a normal battery can retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles under normal conditions. Thankfully, this count can now be easily determined through the new battery section in the Settings app.

Aside from that, Apple also introduced a new Charging Optimization page, which includes two new options to control the charging process of the iPhone 15. The features can be found in the new dedicated Charging Optimization page in Settings (Settings > Battery > Battery Health & Charging > Charging Optimization). Here, users will see three options: Optimized Battery Charging, 80% Limit, and None. Choosing the first option will cause the system to observe the charging routine of the unit, while opting for the 80% Limit option will directly stop the charging at the said level and won’t go beyond that.

What do you think of these new battery-related features in iPhone 15? Let us know in the comment section!


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