Apple today released the second beta of iOS 16.1, making further tweaks to the battery percentage in the status bar.


In today’s beta, the battery level of the icon is depleted as the battery dies, giving you better visual information about what the battery level is like along with the percentages.

If the percentage feature is turned on, you will now see the charge number as well as the battery indicator which fills up or runs out depending on your current charge level. Before the latest beta, the battery indicator in the status bar showed a percentage, but the battery level was static, which made it difficult at times to tell the iPhone’s charge level at a glance.

Battery percentage was not present on iPhones that have “Face ID” in iOS 15 due to lack of space on either side of the notch where the TrueDepth camera hardware is located, but Apple’s updated “iOS 16” design added a specific battery level to the icon battery, with iOS 16.1 adding more fixes. The iOS 16.1 beta also provides a battery percentage on iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 that do not support this feature on iOS 16.

Apple with the second beta version further improved the loading indicator on the lock screen. When you connect your “iPhone” to a Lightning cable or Qi-based wireless charger, it will now briefly display the battery percentage above the time. IPhone 14 Pro models also have a battery indicator on Dynamic Island.

There will be a few more rounds of beta testing before iOS 16.1 is released to the public, but there is a public beta available for non-developer testing. The next public beta should be coming soon, along with an updated battery status bar icon.

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