Back in July Apple released a new version of the iOS 16 beta which enabled the feature to show users their battery life in the bar at the top of their phone. While this might sound like something you would usually expect from a smartphone, the company dropped it when it released the first notch phone, the iPhone X, in 2017. However, when Apple added it back to iOS 16, they only included support for the iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 Pro. This is now changing in the iOS 16.1 beta.
In the latest iOS 16.1 beta, which went live last night for those signed up to the program, the battery indicator is back on several more devices. This includes the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone XR and the mini counterparts.
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Of course, not everyone is a fan of the battery indicator in iPhones at the moment. A big issue is that even when your iPhone battery is say at 25%, the indicator doesn’t actually look depleted. You’ll still get the full white (or black in some apps) battery. I don’t mind this, to be honest, because I can read numbers fairly easily and don’t get why it is an issue. But everyone to their own.
The new battery indicator is good news for those who don’t always want to pull down their control panel to see what they are sitting on. This was the only way to check your battery life up to now. However, Apple also doesn’t enable the feature by default so you’ll have to do this yourself. If you’re running iOS 16 on a supported device or installing iOS 16.1 beta on another device, you can enable it by heading into Settings – Battery – Battery percentage.
Apple is expected to release its iPhone 14 range in the United States tomorrow. In South Africa, the devices will go up for pre-order starting tomorrow with an expected release on 23 September. Find out more about the release date here.