Apple delivered the sixth beta version of iOS 14.5 to developers today, Wednesday, March 31. The update includes a calibration for battery health measurements for the iPhone 11 line. It comes eight days after Apple’s latest 14.5 update, which it released to developers and public beta testers alike.
According to Apple, iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max users can expect iOS 14.5 to calibrate their iPhone’s battery health measurements. Before 14.5, these inaccurate readings could lead to an unexpected battery drain or diminished peak performance in otherwise healthy batteries.
However, this is not something that gets fixed right after updating. Apple says calibration for both maximum capacity and maximum performance can take a few weeks on normal charge cycles. You can see if your iPhone is calibrating by going to Settings -> Battery -> Battery status. Here you may see a message stating:
Important battery message
Your battery health reporting system recalibrates maximum capacity and maximum performance. This process can take several weeks. Find out more …
If iOS also recalibrates your battery health reporting system, you will also see “Cannot Recommend Service Currently”
If the calibration is successful, this message will disappear and your maximum capacity percentage will be updated. If not, you will see the following:
Important battery message
Recalibration of the battery status reporting system failed. An Apple Authorized Service Provider can replace the battery at no charge to restore full performance and capacity. More about service options …
This message means that the recalibration was unsuccessful and your iPhone’s battery has probably worn out beyond the point of normal use.
Apple released this update just after 10 a.m. PDT, the company’s usual release time for developer updates. If you are a public beta tester, you will not see this update appear on your iPhone at this time. Instead, you’ll have to wait for Apple to release iOS 14.5 public beta 6, which we expect today at 1pm PDT or tomorrow at 10am PDT.
We are somewhat surprised to see Apple release a beta again. Rumors indicated that the company is planning an imminent public release of iOS 14.5, which would require the 14.5 RC to be the first seeding testers.
In iOS beta testing, the release candidate, formally known as the golden master, is the “latest” version of a piece of software. Apple sends it to developers and beta testers first to make sure no major issues are being overlooked. If so, Apple will fix them and seed an “RC 2”.
Whenever Apple decides that an RC is free of significant enough issues, that version becomes the version that eventually goes to the public.
Release notes for iOS and iPadOS 14.5 Beta 6
- The iOS & iPadOS 14.5 SDK provides support for developing apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 14.5 beta 6. The SDK ships with Xcode 12.5 beta 3, available from Beta Software Downloads. See Xcode 12.5 Beta 3 Release Notes for information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 12.5.
Battery status: problem solved
- The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max battery status reporting system will recalibrate maximum battery capacity and maximum performance to address inaccurate battery status reporting estimates for some users. For more information, see About recalibrating battery health reporting in iOS 14.5.
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