The return of battery percentage to the iPhone X and newer editions is one of the main “news” of the iPhone X. iOS 16. Still, some models, such as the iPhone XR and 11, were left out and did not receive the new indicator. Fortunately, the apple intends to release the change to other cell phones with notch at the iOS 16.1.
The traces of the novelty appeared in the first beta of the update, released this Wednesday (14). If nothing is changed until the final version, owners of the iPhone XR, 11 and Mini models will have access to the option to enable the percentage on the battery icon. Previously, the feature was limited to OLED or large screen alternatives:
“iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, and iPhone 13 Mini do not display battery percentage in status bar,” reads an Apple support page.
The absence of the feature in models with LCD or 5.4-inch screens has been talked about among users. After all, even if these cell phones have a lower pixel density, it wouldn’t exactly be an impediment to apply the indicator. Check out the differences between the older generations:
|iPhone X||5.8 inch OLED||2436 x 1125 pixels||458 dpi|
|iPhone XR||6.1 inch LCD||1792 x 828 pixels||326 dpi|
|iPhone XS||5.8 inch OLED||2436 x 1125 pixels||458 dpi|
|iPhone 11||6.1 inch LCD||1792 x 828 pixels||326 dpi|
|iPhone 11 Pro||5.8 inch OLED||2436 x 1125 pixels||458 dpi|
This isn’t exactly the problem with the smaller screen options either. Both the iPhone 12 Mini and 13 Mini and the iPhone 12 and 13 have almost the same characteristics as the larger alternatives:
- iPhone 12 and iPhone 13: 6.1-inch OLED with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels at 460 dpi;
- iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 13 Mini: 5.4-inch OLED with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels at 476 dpi.
Apple, however, has not yet informed the reason for the absence of the feature in editions with a smaller screen or LCD in iOS 16.0. There is also no release date for iOS 16.1 for all users.
Apple still needs to improve the battery indicator
The return of the battery numeral indicator is one of the features that were most needed in models with a notch. Taking my case as an example, I enable the percentage in the status bar since the iPhone 3GS. Of course, it was a simple feature, but it helped with the old battery that barely lasted half a day.
Today, the situation is much better. But the percentage is still missing, because before iOS 16, it was necessary to open the control center to access the data in the notch options. In other words: instead of just looking in one place, users need to place their finger on the top right corner of the screen and drag it down to access the information.
Apple, fortunately, is taking the feature to generations with a notch on the display. However, there are still mishaps as the icon does not change as the battery is drained. The indicator only changes color when it is in economy mode (yellow) or when the charge is almost empty (red).
I confess that this limitation is a nuisance that almost made me turn off the percentage in the status bar. After all, every now and then I think the battery is full, as the bar is almost always full – except when it is below 20%. Only the number changes as the component unloads throughout the day.
The exception is for models without a notch. Both iPhone 8 and iPhone SE, as well as previous generations, never failed to display the percentage in the status bar. In addition, the indicator changes according to consumption, and is not always complete as in the notch editions after the update to iOS 16.
But what about you, do you have an iPhone X or newer and have the battery percentage turned on? What do you think? Share your opinions there APK Games Community.