Apple this week brought back one of the most requested features by iOS users since the launch of the iPhone X in 2017: the ability to see the battery percentage directly in the status bar.
Since the launch of the iPhone X with the notch, Apple has not allowed users to display the battery percentage directly in the status bar, forcing them to scroll to the Control Center to view the current battery level.
That’s about to change with the release of iOS 16 in just a few weeks. The fifth developer beta of iOS 16 includes a new switch This allows users to always display the battery percentage in the status bar.
When Low Power Mode is active, the battery glyph and percentage turn yellow, and red when the battery power is low. It turns green when charging your iPhone. The battery percentage appears in the system-wide status bar, including the Lock Screen.
All flagship iPhones since iPhone X have a notch, but not all customers with iPhones with a notch will get this new feature.
Here is the list of iPhones will gain the skill to display the battery percentage directly in the status bar:
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone X
All other iPhones, including the smaller iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11 and iPhone XR, don’t have a battery percentage option. Since iOS 16 is still in beta testing, Apple may decide to expand the list to include other iPhones in the future, so we’ll have to wait and see.
While it’s not entirely clear why Apple chose to limit the availability of this feature, it could be due to space limitations on smaller displays.
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