People have expressed strong opinions on the icon ever since the globe first saw the reintroduced battery % indicator in iOS 16 at the beginning of last month. Many said Apple might have done a better job with it, including Cherlynn Low, the deputy editor of Engadget.
Until your iPhone’s battery drains to less than 20% of its capacity, the icon stays static and shows merely a percentage. The indicator is less useful than it could be due to a design choice, as you typically need to watch hard to discover how much battery you still have.
Fortunately, Apple is developing a better version of the symbol. The business launched the second iOS 16.1 beta earlier today (via MacRumors).
The update includes a change to the battery percentage metre, among other changes. The icon will now progressively lose power as your iPhone’s battery declines, rather than just going red when the battery drops below 20% charge. It’s a little adjustment, but one that enhances usefulness.
Beta two also includes a tweak to the lock screen. When you plug your phone to charge, a battery percentage indicator will briefly appear above the time, bringing back a feature from iOS 15. On the iPhone 14 Pro, you’ll also see one appear within the Dynamic Island. The next version of iOS 16 does not have a release date yet. We’ll also note here that Apple could further tweak some of the changes found in beta two.