iPhone 15 Pro models get Indian NavIC support, Apple may let you limit charging percentage on new range

Apple unveiled the much-rumored iPhone 15 series on September 12 at its “Wonderlust” event. The latest handsets have several new features, including a new USB Type-C port for the first time, titanium construction, camera upgrades and Dynamic Island on all models. This year, the Cupertino-based company also extended support for the Indian regional navigation satellite system (NavIC) to the iPhone 15 Pro models. With this new move, Apple aligns with India’s efforts to promote the local alternative to the GPS navigation system. Furthermore, source code reportedly found in the beta version of iOS 17 indicates that the iPhone 15 will have the ability to limit the maximum battery charge percentage.

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are listed with NavIC support. This was first spotted by TechCrunch. For those who don’t know, NavIC is the Indian navigation system and is similar to American GPS and Russian Glonass. The system was developed by Indian space agency ISRO for military and commercial users and was previously known as IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System). NavIC consists of eight satellites and covers the Indian continent and its region extending up to 1,500 km from its borders.

This is the first time Apple has included NavIC support in one of its iPhone models. With this move, Apple appears to be complying with India’s efforts to promote the adoption of NavIC. The Indian government has been pushing smartphone makers to enable NavIC support on the handsets they will sell in India starting January this year.

Besides, the iPhone 15 series is said to have a new feature that allows users to limit the battery charge percentage in order to maximize battery health. According to source code spotted by 9to5Mac in the iOS 17 beta released to developers, Apple will allow users to limit the maximum load on the iPhone 15 series.

Once uploaded, the option should be present in the Battery Settings menu. Enabling the feature would stop charging once the battery reaches the percentage the user has set as the maximum. Conversely, when the feature is turned off, a message appears stating that the iPhone will “charge to full capacity.” It is quite similar to the “Optimized Battery Charging” option and should preserve battery health over time. Smartphones from Samsung and OnePlus also offer similar features.

The new Charging Optimization feature is expected to be compatible with the iPhone 15 series with USB Type-C charging port. We can expect to learn more about this feature once Apple’s new software for iPhone – iOS 17 – goes live to the public on September 18. The iPhone 15 series, on the other hand, will go on sale from September 22.

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