Ever since the world first saw iOS 16’s reintroduced battery percentage indicator earlier last month, people have had strong opinions about the icon. Many, including Engadget Deputy Editor Cherlynn Low, felt that Apple could have done a better job with it. In its current version, the icon remains static – showing only a percentage – until your iPhone’s battery drains below 20% capacity. It’s a design decision that makes the gauge less useful than it should be, since in most cases you have to look closely to see how much battery you have left.
Fortunately, Apple is working on an improved version of the icon. Earlier today, the company released the second iOS 16.1 beta (via MacRumors). Among other things, the update introduces a change to the battery percentage indicator. Now, instead of the icon turning red only when your iPhone’s battery drops below 20% charge, it will also gradually drain as the battery drains. It’s a small change, but one that improves usability.
Beta 2 also includes a change to the lock screen. When you plug in your phone to charge, a battery percentage indicator will briefly appear above the clock, bringing back a feature from iOS 15. On the iPhone 14 Pro, you’ll also see one appear in the Dynamic Island. The next version of iOS 16 does not have a release date yet. We’ll also note here that Apple may still tweak some of the changes found in the second beta.