Apple unveiled a new Battery Health Calibration feature for its iPhone 11 lineup of devices alongside iOS 14.5 Beta 6 two around two weeks ago. The new feature automatically recalibrates these iPhone’s batteries in order to better reflect the Maximum Capacity of the battery and Peak Performance Capability of the device through multiple charge cycles.
The recalibration message appears within the Battery Health tab in Battery Settings and the entire process of recalibration is set to take a few weeks, according to the message.
Since iOS 14.5 Beta 6 was released on March 31st, it’s been around two weeks now as several uses have begun reporting a recalibrated estimate of their iPhones’ Maximum Battery capacity.
First spotted by The 8-Bit, a Twitter user named Guilherme (@guilhermelage91) tweeted his recalibration results stating that his battery health keeps going up on his iPhone 11 Pro. “It went to 86% after finishing recalibration and now after installing iOS 14.5 Beta 8 just went to 87%.”
It’s not just him, according to several other user reports posted on Reddit, the battery recalibration process has improved the Maximum Capacity percentage for some while it has deteriorated for others.
One user by the label u/haenrqz reports that their estimate went from 90% to 96%. Another user that goes by the label u/andrew2511 reports that their estimate decreased from 89% to 88%.
The new Battery Health Recalibration feature is expected to release officially alongside the iOS 14.5 update which is currently only available for developers and public beta testers in beta capacity. According to Apple:
iOS 14.5, coming later this spring, includes an update where the battery health reporting system will recalibrate maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max to address inaccurate estimates of battery health reporting for some users. Symptoms of this bug include unexpected battery drain behavior or, in a small number of instances, reduced peak performance capability. This inaccurate battery health reporting does not reflect an issue with actual battery health.
Apple also says that after recalibration, your Peak Performance capability might be updated but won’t be noticeable by most users. “If a previous degraded battery message was displayed, this message will be removed after updating to iOS 14.5.”
Once the recalibration process is completed, the recalibration message will be removed from within the Battery Health indication settings.
If the recalibration process isn’t completed on your device yet, it’s only a matter of time before you might notice results. Apple says if after the recalibration process, your iPhone tells you that your battery is degraded, a battery service message will appear and an Apple Authorized Service Provider might be able to replace your battery free of charge.
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