Apple listens to your complaints and replaces iOS 16’s battery percentage icon

Since the world received its first glimpse iOS 16Reintroduced Battery percentage indicator Earlier last month, people had strong opinions about the icon. Engadget and many others Associate Editor Cheryl Loh, felt that Apple could have done a better job. In its current iteration, the icon stays static — showing only a percentage — until your iPhone’s battery capacity drops below 20 percent. It’s a design decision that makes it less useful than an indicator, since in most cases you have to look closely to see how much battery you have.

Fortunately, Apple is working on an improved version of the icon. Earlier today, the company released the second iOS 16.1 beta (via Macroomers) Among other things, the update introduces changes to the battery percentage indicator. Now, instead of the icon turning red when your iPhone’s battery drops below 20 percent, it will gradually decrease as the battery does. It’s a small change, but one that improves usability.

Beta two also includes changes to the lock screen. When you plug your phone in to charge, a battery percentage indicator will briefly appear over time, bringing back a feature from iOS 15. On the iPhone 14 Pro, you’ll also see one appear. Dynamic Island. The next version of iOS 16 does not have a release date yet. It’s also worth noting that Apple could further tweak some of the changes found in beta two.

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