Upgrading to iOS 14.5 triggers battery recalibration on iPhone phones. What does that mean?

Following the scandal in which Apple was accused of intentionally reducing the performance of iPhone phones, in an attempt to avoid the warranty replacement of defective batteries, the American company returned to more sincere thoughts to users, providing software to recalibrate the battery and determine the real state battery “health”.

Left without solutions for managing the scandal over the deliberate degradation of iPhone performance, under the pretext of protecting degraded batteries, Apple announced that it will recalibrate the capacity displayed on iPhones updated to iOS 14.5. The stated goal is to solve the problems claimed by many iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max owners. manifested by inexplicable degradation of performance. In practice, it seems to be just a matter of displaying the actual remaining capacity, removing as much as possible from the equation the threshold below which the iPhone’s performance was artificially limited to mask the degradation of the battery. Easily predictable, the result could be a significant decrease in the autonomy displayed, especially on devices equipped with slightly more worn batteries.

Thus, with the update to the iOS 14.5 version, Apple phones from the iPhone 11 series give up the data for the “health” status of the battery used until then, starting a per-device recalibration of the real capacity offered by the installed battery. Following the firmware update, the process may take even a few weeks, and the final result may not be to everyone’s liking.

Apple promises to properly inform its users, clarifying any grievances. For example, if battery recalibration fails for technical reasons, users will be directed to authorized service centers for free battery replacement. In practice, successful calibration, but towards a diminished battery capacity, could be even more unfortunate. The idea is that if the battery used does not meet the criteria for free replacement, the problem will evolve anyway over time, but at the expense of users.

The message about recalibrating the battery capacity could persist for a few weeks, at the end, the phone displaying a value closer to the reality of the remaining capacity.

You can see the health of the iPhone battery by visiting the Settings> Battery> Battery Health menu, the maximum available capacity is listed here. To maximize the autonomy obtained, you should check the Optimized Battery Charging setting, thus ensuring that the phone’s battery is charged optimally, taking into account your specific use, thus avoiding undue wear as much as possible.

Andrew is half-human, half-gamer. He's also a science fiction author writing for BleeBot.