Apple releases Mac update: what’s now changing in macOS Catalina.
After Apple presented the latest updates for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV a few days ago, Mac users can now also look forward to an all-round innovation.
macOS Catalina 10.15.5: Battery protection for current Thunderbolt MacBooks.
The update to “macOS Catalina 10.15.5” has recently been downloaded via the integrated software update from macOS.
The primary novelty in this update comes for the owners of current Mac notebooks – specifically MacBooks with Thunderbolt 3 connections, i.e. models from the year of construction 2016.
The new battery status management had already been announced in a beta version of the update, but can now be used by installed and used by all users.
The aim of the new feature is to extend the life of the battery. According to Apple, the software monitors “the temperature curve and the charging cycles of the battery”.
Based on this, the maximum charge of a battery can be reduced, which in turn extends the service life.
At the same time, of course, this also affects the runtime in battery mode if it is not fully charged.
Therefore, the option can be deactivated via System settings> Save energy> Battery status if necessary. For example, if you know that you have to get by without a socket for a long time.
The update also fixes a number of known issues and vulnerabilities. For example, crashes from the Finder when transferring large amounts of data should be a thing of the past.
In the well-known tradition, Apple has ported further changes that were already part of iOS and iPadOS 13.5 to the Mac.
So there is now also the possibility to deactivate the automatic resizing of the participants for FaceTime group calls in macOS.
New security updates for old macOS versions.
“macOS Catalina 10.15.5” can now be downloaded and installed for free via System Settings> Software Update.
At the same time as the Catalina update, Apple also released security updates for “macOS Mojave” and High Sierra. You can find a list of security-related changes on Apple’s website; this is now also available for iOS and iPadOS 13.5.