Apple adds new battery tools in macOS Big Sur, kills Network Utility

Apple’s macOS Big Sur update introduces new battery usage tools and retrieves estimates of battery life, but depreciates the Network Utility tool.

In macOS Big Sur, there is a Battery Usage History feature in System Preferences that gives users information about the battery life of their Mac in the last 24 hours or 10 days. The panel breaks it down further into Battery Level and On-Screen Display Usage, but does not provide granular details for individual applications.

The updated battery section also has new battery and power adapter sections that largely replace the previously available options in the Power Saver panel.

While that feature is making a comeback in macOS Big Sur, another long-standing tool is being phased out.

Disused Network Utility in Big Sur

Apple has stopped using its Network Utility tool in the first beta version of macOS Big Sur. The feature provides information, tips, and tools for users to verify their network connections.

The company says that network tools, such as ping or search, can now be accessed through Terminal commands. Wi-Fi troubleshooting issues are now done in the Wireless Diagnostics app.