Apple has heard your complaints! Battery percentage indicator has been overhauled in iOS 16.1 Beta 2

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Dynamic island. Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about a feature Apple added to iOS 16 that is already under review under public pressure. We’re talking about the battery percentage indicator that Apple squeezed into the battery icon on the iPhone status bar. The battery percentage indicator made its debut with the iPhone 3GS in 2009 and disappeared with the introduction of the notch on the iPhone X in 2017.

Before it brought back the battery percentage indicator with iOS 16, there were only two ways to accurately measure how much power your iPhone had left. One way to accomplish this was to open the Control Center by swiping down from the right edge of the screen to see the percentage of battery life remaining. The second way was to put the iOS battery widget on your home screen and this would also tell you in percentage how much battery life you had left on your iPhone.

Apple makes battery percentage indicator even better in iOS 16.1 Beta 2

Even Apple brought the battery percentage indicator back to the iPhone status bar in iOS 16, the design didn’t really impress the iOS fans. That’s because it only shows a number in the battery icon to represent the percentage of battery life and frankly, it was hard to read for many. It wasn’t until the battery life reached 20% or less that the indicator turned red, covering about one-fifth of the battery icon, and the red area would continue to shrink to keep in line with the percentage of battery life remaining.

But this wasn’t exciting enough for the average iPhone user. No no no! And letters poured into CEO Tim Cook’s office (probably a few addressed to Tim Apple), asking Apple to revise the battery percentage indicator to make it easier to see and more appealing to look at. Well guys, your letter writing campaign has paid off. Here’s the good news. With iOS 16.1 Beta 2, a new implementation of the indicator shows a black area within the battery icon that roughly equals the percentage of battery life remaining.

If something makes sense and is presented to Apple in a certain way, the company will listen to you

As the battery percentage drops, the black area in the icon gets smaller and smaller (similar to what happens if your battery drops to 20% or less). A tweet from Federico Viticcia (through Engadget), the founder and editor-in-chief @MacStoriesNet, shows what the revised battery percentage indicator looks like in iOS 16.1 Beta 2. Not only is it easier to read, but you can also get a quick glance at the icon and status of the battery’s battery. your iPhone.
When you plug in your phone to charge the battery, a battery percentage indicator will also appear above the time. Guess on the iPhone 14 Pro where the battery percentage indicator appears when you charge the device. Yes, you have it. Within the dynamic island. And that brings us right back to the very beginning of this article. Funny how nowadays everything about the iPhone seems to revolve around the Dynamic Island.

So what have we learned here today folks? Well, it looks like Apple is listening to you. It won’t be bullied into making changes just for the sake of it, but if there’s a good idea that improves the company’s pride and joy (meaning the iPhone, natch), Apple will listen.

We don’t know when iOS 16.1 will be released, but if the new battery percentage indicator is something you need right now, you can sign up to join the Apple Beta Software Program by tapping this link. Keep in mind that beta software is unstable, which means that some of your favorite features may not work properly until the stable version of iOS 16.1 is released.

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