The changes Apple has introduced with the new operating systems go far beyond the merely aesthetic . In the field of batteries, for example, we’ve seen the arrival of optimised charging for AirPods, and now it’s the turn of Apple Watch.
In the case of the Apple Watch, Apple’s strategy to take care of the battery in our watches is twofold. On the one hand we have the possibility of using the optimized charge, a system that charges the Apple Watch up to 80% and waits to charge the rest to finish just when we are going to need it . This system ensures that our watch does not stay too long at 100% charge and reduces the battery degradation that this causes.
As Apple says, battery degradation is an industry-wide issue that is inherent in the lithium-ion batteries we use in all our devices. That said, in the Battery section of the Settings of our watch we will find the setting with which we can remedy the situation.
In addition, in this same section, and as with the iPhone, Apple shows us the health of the battery of our Apple Watch so that, if we consider it appropriate (especially under 80%), we can go to a technical service to change it.
Along with these measures Apple has incorporated a system of notifications so that we know, from our iPhone, when our Apple Watch is fully loaded . Again, this system is designed so that when we receive such a notification, we can remove the watch from the charger and thus avoid it remaining too long at 100% charge.
Finally, though slightly different from the Apple Watch theme, Apple has introduced a low charge warning for AirPods. This warning is displayed on our iPhone when the battery of the connected headphones falls below 10% . In this case the measure is to prevent the battery from running out in the headset in the middle of a call, for example. When we receive the warning, taking into account that we still have 10% of the battery, we can put one of the headphones on charge and, after a few minutes, after exchanging them, the other one.
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Apple is certainly putting a lot of effort into being able to counteract the hardware limitations that come with using lithium-ion batteries. Until we see a new battery technology emerge, we can only hope that it’s through software that solutions will come.