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Apple Releases macOS Sonoma Update to Optimize MacBook Air Battery Health

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By: BNN Correspondents
Apple Releases macOS Sonoma Update to Optimize MacBook Air Battery Health

MacBook Air M2 Receives Battery Optimization

Apple recently announced an update for the 13-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip as part of the macOS Sonoma software update. This update is primarily aimed at optimizing the long-term battery health of the device. While the tech giant did not provide specific details regarding the optimizations, it is important to note that this MacBook Air model has not been subject to any widespread battery health complaints since its launch in July 2022.

Understanding Battery Health Management

Apple features a battery health management system designed to extend the lifespan of MacBook batteries by reducing the rate at which they chemically age. The system monitors the battery’s temperature history and charging patterns. Based on the collected data, if necessary, the system may temporarily reduce the battery’s maximum charge. This ensures the battery charges to a level that’s optimized for user usage, thus reducing wear on the battery and slowing its chemical aging process.

macOS Sonoma Update and Features

The macOS Sonoma update which has been in beta testing for over three months, is set to be released today. This update brings a host of new features including interactive desktop widgets, a Game Mode, the ability to add websites to the Dock as web apps, and several improvements to Safari. The list of Macs compatible with this update has been previously shared, ensuring users can benefit from the improvements.

Long-term Battery Health

In summary, the macOS Sonoma update for the 13-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip aims to improve the long-term battery health of the device. This is achieved through a battery health management feature, which extends the battery’s lifespan by monitoring its temperature history and charging patterns, adjusting its maximum charge as needed. The update also includes several new features and improvements, providing an enhanced user experience.

Ensuring Optimal Battery Performance

It is worth noting that while the battery health management system offers significant benefits for your battery’s long-term lifespan, it may also slightly reduce the amount of time your Mac runs on one battery charge when capacity limits are applied. Therefore, if your priority is making your Mac laptop last as long as possible before recharging, you can turn the feature off. However, keep in mind that the limited maximum capacity might indicate a need for service in your battery status menu.

Preserving Battery Life

There are simple ways you can preserve battery life no matter how you use your device. Adjusting your screen brightness and using Wi-Fi can significantly extend battery life. Dimming the screen or turning on Auto-Brightness will help conserve battery power. Auto-Brightness adjusts your screen to lighting conditions automatically. Similarly, using a Wi-Fi connection uses less power than a cellular network, so keeping Wi-Fi on at all times can contribute to a longer battery lifespan.

Charging and Battery Management

Occasionally, the battery status menu in the menu bar might not show a full charge (100%) even after the power adapter has been connected for an extended period. This is a part of optimized battery charging, which helps prolong the overall life of the battery. If you need your battery to be fully charged sooner, choose “Charge To Full Now” from the battery status menu. However, if the battery isn’t charging, make sure that you’re using the correct power adapter for your Mac. Failing to do so might result in unreliable charging.

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