This Apple update could change your battery life if you have an older iPhone

Most of us love our iPhones so much that we could never bear to be separated from them, but universally, we all share one complaint: the battery dies way too fast. If that’s you — and you have an older iPhone — there may be a fix that could change everything. This new Apple update could help your battery life, especially if you hate that pesky battery management feature.

According to Gizmodo, the Apple update — iOS 11.3 — is now available, offering up the opportunity to turn off power management under the “Battery” section of your settings. In this area (which says it’s still in beta), you’re not only able to see what your iPhone battery’s maximum capacity is, compared to when your phone was brand new, but you’re also able to see your battery’s health, which will let you know if it’s working at “peak performance” or not. If it’s not, you might want to consider getting a new battery or a new phone.

Here’s what your phone’s battery control panel will look like now, once you’ve updated your phone:

If you have an iPhone 6 or newer, you’ll have this capability; if your phone is older, you won’t; and if it’s an iPhone 8, iPhone X, or iPhone 8 plus, you won’t be able to disable the power management feature.

So far, Apple has yet to explain what they mean by the battery update’s “beta” tag, but hopefully that means that this feature will become even more functional in a future Apple update — maybe even by the time the next iPhone is announced next fall? It would be awesome to have a way to use our phones longer without charging. Who ever really wants to put their phone down, anyway? There are important Instagram posts we need to see.