Since the launch of iOS 14, there have been many reported battery issues, and the new battery recalibration feature is giving some hope. This is not my case, here is why.
Your iPhone battery is draining more and more quickly since you installed iOS 14? If so, you may have heard of a new battery recalibration procedure, which will be included in the next release, iOS 14.5.
If some people think this is THE solution that users have been waiting for, I have some doubts.
Macrumors unveiled a support article posted on Apple's website, which describes a battery recalibration process that will be rolled out in iOS 14.5.
Here's what you need to know about it:
• The new feature will arrive with iOS 14.5 (expected soon).
• It will "remedy inaccurate battery health reporting estimates for some users."
• This bug "may have symptoms of an unusual battery drain or, in very rare cases, a reduction in optimal performance capacity."
• The novelty will apply to the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max models.
• The process “can take several weeks”.
• If the recalibration is in progress, the following message will be displayed in Settings> Battery> Battery Status: "The battery health measurement system is currently recalibrating maximum capacity and battery capacity. Optimal performance. This process may take a few weeks. Find out more ... »
• If the recalibration is not successful, Apple will replace the battery free of charge.
A procedure for the iPhone 11 range
After reading the support document and chatting with contacts at Apple, and after several years of tracking battery issues on iOS, this process seems to me to be more of a communication issue to iPhone 11 owners, to whom we said they needed to replace their battery, only a battery drain problem.
There is even a bespoke message for iPhone owners who think they need to replace their battery: “The battery health measurement system is currently recalibrating maximum capacity and performance capacity Optimal. This process may take a few weeks. No repair recommendation can be made at this time”.
Apple is also asking users who paid for an out of warranty battery replacement to contact AppleCare (presumably to offer a refund). Devices covered by AppleCare + will also have their coverage temporarily extended to cover the recalibration period.
But this is all just for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. IOS 14 battery issues are present on many more models.
Definitely, this isn't a silver bullet fix for battery issues.