Apple today released the second beta of iOS 16.1, introducing more tweaks to the battery percentage indicator found in the status bar.
With today’s beta, the icon battery level runs out as the battery runs out, providing a better visual indication of the battery level along with the percentage.
If the percentage feature is enabled, you will now see the charge number as well as the battery indicator that fills or drains based on the current charge level. Before the last beta, the battery indicator in the status bar showed a percentage, but the battery level was static, sometimes making it difficult to determine the iPhone’s charge in a jiffy.
Battery percentage wasn’t present on iPhones with Face ID in iOS 15 due to a lack of space on either side of the notch housing the TrueDepth camera hardware, but Apple’s updated iOS 16 design added the specific battery level to the battery icon, with iOS 16.1 adding more tweaks . iOS 16.1 beta also brings battery percentage to iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11—devices that don’t support it in iOS 16.
With the second beta, Apple has also modified the charging indicator on the lock screen. When you connect your iPhone to a Lightning cable or a Qi-based wireless charger, it will now show the battery percentage briefly over the time. iPhone 14 Pro models have a battery status indicator in Dynamic Island as well.
New in iOS 16.1 Beta 2: The lock screen can show the battery percentage again while charging.
It works just like in iOS 15, the date disappears and shows the battery percentage for a few seconds. pic.twitter.com/VPs1HoqIBs
– iSpeedtestOS (iSpeedtestOS) September 20 2022
There will be several more rounds of beta testing before iOS 16.1 sees a public release, but there is a public beta version available for non-developers to test. The next public beta should come soon with an updated battery status bar icon.
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