All four iPhone 15 models have two new battery health features in the Settings app, including the ability to see the battery’s cycle count and an option to more strictly limit charging beyond 80%. But social mediaSome users were hoping these features would extend to older iPhone models in a future software update, but we’ve been able to confirm that they’ll be limited to the iPhone 15 lineup, according to the first iOS 17.1 beta released today.

iOS 17 Battery Cycle Count Feature 2
This is the beginning of the iOS 17.1 beta testing cycle, so there’s still a possibility for features to be added to older iPhone models in later betas. However, it’s also possible that there are hardware-related reasons behind limiting battery health features to the iPhone 15 lineup. We have contacted Apple for comment on this matter.

On iPhone 15 models, the 80% charging limit option can be found in the Settings app under Battery → Battery Health & Charging → Charging Optimization. This is different from the Optimized Battery Charging feature already present on iPhones, which intelligently delays charging beyond 80% for an appropriate amount of time by learning the device’s daily charging routine. When the 80% limit is enabled, the iPhone will never charge more than that percentage except on rare occasions “to maintain accurate battery state-of-charge estimation.”

In a support document, Apple says that reducing the time it takes to fully charge an iPhone’s battery can reduce wear on the battery and improve its lifespan.

On iPhone 15 models, the battery cycle count, manufacture date, and first use date can be viewed in the Settings app under General → About. This information can provide additional information about the health of the battery. The maximum battery capacity is listed under Battery → Battery health and charging.

iOS 17.1 is expected to be released in late October.

popular stories

macOS Sonoma is launching this week with these new features

Apple previously announced that macOS Sonoma will be released this Tuesday, September 26. The free software update includes a number of new features and changes for Mac, including five that we’ve highlighted below. In addition to these five features, we’ve shared the full release notes for macOS Sonoma below for a complete overview of everything new. Desktop Widgets macOS Sonoma…

Skipping the iPhone 15 Pro? Here’s what’s rumored about the iPhone 16 Pro

Are you skipping the iPhone 15 Pro and waiting another year to upgrade? If so, we already have some rumors about the iPhone 16 Pro for you. Below, we summarize the new features rumored so far for the iPhone 16 Pro models: Larger displays: According to CEO Ross Young, the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will be equipped with larger 6.3-inch and 6.9-inch displays, respectively . Performance supply chain…

iPhone 16 will include an additional capacitive ‘Capture’ button

The iPhone 16 series is expected to get an additional capacitive button, known internally as the “Capture button.” The codenamed “Project Nova” button is likely to be one of the main selling points of the iPhone 16 lineup, assuming it makes it past the early testing phase. The capture button is located in the same way as the power button, only slightly lower – where the mmWave cutout…

Industry report suggests Apple will launch iPad Mini 7 later this year

Based on a new report from DigiTimes, Apple may be preparing to release the seventh-generation iPad Mini before the end of the year. In an article discussing steady global tablet demand in the second half of 2023, the Taiwan-based outlet forecasts a rise in Apple’s market share in the fourth quarter due to orders for “smaller-sized” iPads. From the report (see bold):…