The status bar’s battery percentage indication has undergone more changes with the second beta of iOS 16.1 that Apple released today.
Today’s beta version provides a better visual indicator of the battery level along with the percentage by letting the icon’s battery level decrease as the battery does.
You will now see the charge number and a battery indicator that fills or depletes in accordance with your current charge level if the percentage option is activated. Prior to the most recent beta, the battery indicator in the status bar displayed a percentage but the battery level remained constant, making it occasionally challenging to quickly assess the iPhone’s charge.
Due to the limited area on either side of the notch that houses the TrueDepth camera hardware, battery percentage was not available on iPhones with Face ID in iOS 15. However, Apple’s redesigned iOS 16 design added the exact battery level to the battery symbol, and iOS 16.1 included more changes. The iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 devices that did not support the battery percentage in iOS 16 now do so thanks to the iOS 16.1 beta.
Apple has further improved the charging indicator on the lock screen with the second beta. The battery percentage is now temporarily displayed above the time when an iPhone is connected to a Lightning connection or a Qi-based wireless charger. iPhone 14 Pro models include a battery status indication in the Dynamic Island as well.
Before iOS 16.1 is made available to the general public, there will be several more rounds of beta testing, although a public beta is now available for use by non-developers. The new battery status bar symbol should be included in the upcoming public beta.