With the fifth beta of iOS 16, Apple updated the battery icon on iPhones with Face ID to show the specific battery percentage instead of just a visual representation of the battery level. The new battery gauge is available on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, with the exception of the 5.4-inch iPhone 12/13 mini. It’s also available on iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, XS and XS Max, and iPhone X.
Battery percentage hasn’t been present on iPhones that have Face ID due to a lack of space on either side of the notch that houses the TrueDepth camera hardware. The new design adds the specific battery level to the battery icon, giving you a better idea of battery status at a glance.
In iOS 15 and earlier versions of iOS, the battery icon shows an image of the battery level, but doesn’t provide a specific percentage. To get that information, iPhone users need to swipe down in Control Center or swipe over to the center Today view to see the battery widget.
The battery icon changes color based on the battery status and the color of the iPhone wallpaper. When charging, for example, the battery icon is green and shows a charging indicator.
Battery percentage can be turned on and off in the Settings app under the Battery section. The battery percentage feature appears to be available on most iPhones that have a notch, but it’s not an option on the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 11, or iPhone XR, perhaps due to space limitations and/or display quality.
iOS 16 beta 5 is available to developers right now, and Apple will release a public beta in the near future.
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