The battery percentage feature in iOS 16 has become a popular topic since the update was made available to everyone on an iPhone 8 and up, but a preview version of iOS 16.1 is refining it even further.
Instead of a constant value that is in front of the battery icon, the battery itself also drains like before, so if your iPhone reaches 20%, for example, the icon will be displayed as before and in red, while the percentage will remain.
It’s a small change, but it will benefit those who wanted the best of both worlds – a battery icon where the percentage is displayed, while the battery itself goes down next to the value.
You can see for yourself if you subscribe your iPhone to Apple Beta Software Program (opens in new tab) and install iOS 16.1, I prefer it as it is now, especially as other iPhones will gain this feature once the update rolls out to everyone.
If it’s not broken…
The percentage figure disappeared when the notch arrived with the iPhone X in 2017 as there was very little room for both. But the feature first arrived in iOS 3 in 2009, where anyone with an iPhone 3GS and up could push a button and a numerical value appeared next to the battery icon.
However, Apple decided to bring this back in a new form with iOS 16, where the value would be on top of the battery icon. I was happy to see this comeback on my iPhone 13 Pro as I had to download Control Center in the top right corner of the screen to see it. Now, I can just look at the value in the top right corner.
But you can’t please everyone, which is why Apple is refining the icon to show the dead battery like before. Looking at this on my iPhone X running iOS 16.1, it seems confusing to me now – you have an ever-changing battery icon and numeric value in the same place.
However, we are still in the beta period, so this could still change before iOS 16.1 arrives, but it would be nice to have more customization so that any user can display the battery icon as it is now or as it might be in the future. Regardless, it’s still nice to have a percentage figure after so many years, but we’ll have to wait and see until iOS 16.1 is available to anyone with an iPhone 8 and up.