Apple 2018 Software Wishlist (1/28): All – Provide More Information on the Condition of Batteries for ALL Devices

This is the first in a series of posts I will be making on my blog across the month of February.

I will be going over what Apple needs to add in iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, tvOS 12 (briefly), services including Siri and Apple Music and development tools/services with a big focus on Xcode.

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Before I get started, I want to address that a couple of days ago, a report ( has come out suggesting that iOS 12 and likely macOS 10.14 will be minor updates that focus more on performance, stability, secure and bug fixes and less drastic changes like major changes to the iOS home screen.

I am impartial to this change, mainly because I don’t have that many issues with iOS 11 on my iPhone X, but I do want to see the operating system become more solid less online negativity on it and so they can build on that in the future with iOS 13 etc. I hope Apple then takes the approach off adding less features each year and make sure they everything works properly!

I did pre-write this entire wishlist prior to releasing the first one below, but I will likely make some minor changes to this list to reflect this report and lower expectations slightly (which I didn’t set that high anyway). I’ll also take into consideration changes they could make to iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 that do not require much effort.

watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 are still likely going to get similar updates to the last couple of years.

Now, the first on my wishlist.


Apple needs to be more transparent about the condition of its batteries in all devices to users, so users can easily find out the condition of the device’s battery without requiring 3rd party apps or digging very deep into settings like on macOS.

I’m not just saying they should add support for “Your battery may need replacing.” to each device, but rather give a percentage of how much charge each battery can hold compared to the original condition, and the current voltage of the battery, all easily accessible under battery settings.

Apple is expected to include this in iOS 11.3, which the first beta does not have this included, but will in future betas before the final release.

I think where people are most frustrated with Apple about this battery slowdown scenario, is not the fact it is happening to their devices, but rather that Apple weren’t transparent about this prior to being caught so to speak.

Apple should also releases updates to older versions of iOS for those devices that are no longer supported. It would do Apple good to do this because then users can get a better idea of how out-dated their device is, how much it costs to replace that battery and how much it is to get the most basic or common new phone they offer.

I also hope on a side note, that Apple is working on improving the quality of the batteries or figuring out a new battery type to hold charge that either lasts longer or is at the very least more durable than lithium-ion for the typical user’s usage.