We know that the battery health section on the iPhone is very important, as it contains easily accessible statistics that allow you to know the amount of the last charge, the applications that consume the most of your power, and even the remaining battery capacity. This is information we need before buying a used iPhone, as it is one of the most important criteria that makes us judge the iPhone and its condition. But after the latest update, it has become easier to know how well the battery is performing after the new format and with fewer clicks.

Keep in mind that the new battery health features are only available for iPhone 15 models, where you can see things like when the battery was manufactured, when it was first used on the device, and how many charge cycles it has been through.

in iOS 17.4, released on March 5, Apple has reorganized the way you see battery information on the iPhone. Previously, there was a submenu called “Battery Health & Charging” under Settings -> Battery. Now, this submenu has been split into two separate sections: “Battery Health” and “Charging Optimization.” This change makes it easier to find the information you need about your battery with fewer clicks.

New battery health indicator

Previously, you needed to dig deeper into a submenu to find the maximum battery capacity. But with the iOS 17.4 update, Battery Settings now shows you a simplified status under Battery Status. It will show “Normal”, “Service” or “Unknown” depending on the battery status. There's also a link for more details if needed, but as long as it says 'normal', the battery is fine and you can continue using your phone without worry. Apple notes about the battery and warranty:

“iPhone batteries, like all rechargeable batteries, have a limited lifespan and may eventually need maintenance or recycling.

The original battery is designed to hold 80% capacity at 1000 cycles under ideal conditions. Actual battery performance depends on a number of variables, including how you use your iPhone and charge it regularly. The one-year warranty includes service for defective batteries in addition to rights under local consumer laws.

“Embedded dynamic software and hardware systems help counter performance impacts that may occur as the battery ages.”

NoticeThe original battery is designed to hold 80% capacity at 1000 cycles as long as conditions are ideal. This is a good thing because Apple said the same thing for the iPhone 14 series, but at only 500 charging cycles.

Consolidated battery health data

In the iOS 17.4 update, Apple improved how to access detailed battery information on the iPhone. Previously, you had to go to Settings -> General -> About, to find data such as maximum capacity, number of cycles, date of manufacture and first use. But the good thing is that Apple has simplified things by moving all this information to the “Battery Health” submenu within the battery settings. This makes it very easy to find everything related to the iPhone battery condition in one convenient place.

The iOS 17.4 update offers a clearer explanation of what the cycle count means. It is now defined as “the number of times the iPhone has used its full battery capacity.” Additionally, there's a helpful link to Apple's website where you can learn more about lithium-ion batteries and charging cycles.

The new Charging Optimization submenu in Battery Settings gives you a quick look at your current charging setting, whether it's Optimized, 80% Limit, or None. You can also tap this submenu to adjust your preferences or toggle Clean Energy Charging on or off. Although these options were present before, they are now more conveniently grouped under this dedicated submenu for easier access.

What do you think of the new battery status menu design? Would you like to see something else? Tell us in the comments.


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