Apple heard your complaints! The battery percentage indicator has been changed in iOS 16.1 Beta 2

A dynamic island. Ok, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s discuss a feature that Apple has added to iOS 16 and is already changing it due to public pressure. We’re talking about the battery percentage that Apple has pressed into the battery icon on the iPhone’s status bar. The battery percentage indicator made its debut on the iPhone 3GS in 2009 and disappeared with the introduction of the note on the iPhone X in 2017.

Before he restored the battery percentage in iOS 16, there were only two ways to accurately read how much power was left on your iPhone. One way to achieve 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 the home screen and this will also let you know how much time is left on your iPhone as a percentage.

Apple makes battery percentage even better in iOS 16.1 Beta 2

Even Apple returned the battery percentage in the iPhone status bar in iOS 16, the design did not impress iOS fans. That’s because it only shows the number inside the battery icon, which represents the percentage of battery life, and frankly, for many it was hard to read. It wasn’t until the battery life was 20% or less that the indicator turned red, encompassing about a fifth of the battery icon, and the red area continued to shrink to stay in line with the percentage of battery life remaining.

But that wasn’t exciting enough for the average iPhone user. No no no! The CEO’s office of Tim Cook (possibly several addressed to Tim Apple) has received letters asking Apple to revise the battery percentage to make it easier to see and more attractive. Well, your letter-writing campaign paid off. Here’s the good news. In iOS 16.1 Beta 2, the new indicator implementation will show a black area inside the battery icon, approximately equal to the percentage of remaining battery life.

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

As the battery percentage drops, the black area inside the icon will shrink (similar to what happens when the battery charge drops to 20% and below). Tweet from Federico Viticci (by Engadget), founder and editor-in-chief of @MacStoriesNet, shows you what the revised battery percentage looks like in iOS 16.1 Beta 2. Not only is it easier to read, but you can quickly glance at the icon and find out your iPhone’s battery health.
Also, when you connect your phone to charge the battery, the battery percentage indicator will appear above the time. On the iPhone 14 Pro, guess where the battery percentage appears while the device is charging. Yes you have it. Inside a dynamic island. And that brings us back to the very beginning of this article. Funny how everything about the iPhone nowadays revolves around Dynamic Island.

So what have we learned here today people? Apple seems to be listening to you. He won’t be intimidated into making changes just for the sake of it, but if there is a good idea that will enhance the pride and joy of the company (i.e. iPhone, natch), Apple will give you an ear.

We don’t know when iOS 16.1 will be released, but if the new battery percentage indicator is something you need 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 some of your favorite features may not work properly until iOS 16.1 stable is released.

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