iOS 16.1 beta adds Apple’s lousy new battery percentage indicator to iPhone Mini

Apple released the first beta of iOS 16.1 to developers on Wednesday, and it allows iPhone users with an iPhone 13 or 12 Mini, iPhone 11 or iPhone XR to enable the new battery percentage indicator added in iOS 16, according to MacRumors.

Before iOS 16, iPhones with notches couldn’t see their battery percentage in the status bar, but Apple added the feature for some notched phones with its latest major software update. Many of us here at The edge aren’t a fan of the new design; the indicator puts a number inside a battery icon, which is a smart way to save space, but there’s no other visual indicator of that battery’s charge. This means, for example, that if your battery is at 33%, the battery icon will always appear “full”. (Here’s an idea of ​​how Apple might improve the new design.)

Even though the feature doesn’t look great, it’s still a handy option to have, and it was disappointing that Apple didn’t make it available on the iPhone 13 Mini, 12 Mini, 11, or XS. with the launch of iOS 16. But given that it is now usable by those devices in the iOS 16.1 beta, I hope it will be available more widely as part of the public release of iOS 16.1 , which should be available soon.

I probably won’t turn on the indicator myself on my iPhone 12 Mini – I usually keep the battery percentages off as I find that I constantly check them. But if Apple fixes the design of the indicator, maybe I’ll give it a try.

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