The long-lost toggle “Battery Percentage” is finally returning this year, as Apple confirmed that it would be included in the iOS 16 developer beta.
This icon was once ditched by the Cupertino giant in 2017 as part of the adjustment for the iPhone X. You won’t need to go to the Control Center to take a peek at your iPhone’s battery status with this update.
Battery Percentage Toggle on iOS Beta 16
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The battery percentage icon which was removed in 2017 is finally returning to the iOS 16 beta.
According to a report by Engadget, you can search for this icon on the Settings menu. You need to head to the Battery section, and you can now view this long-lost battery percentage icon. You will be able to access this if only you’re enrolled in the fifth iOS 16 developer beta.
Before, users could only see the battery percentage to the left of the power icon. A few years ago, Apple decided to remove it when the iPhone X came out at that time.
The reason why the iPhone maker ditched this icon was because of the insufficient space for it. The notch has occupied the space which is intended for this icon.
Some people have already finished updating the iOS 16 beta to the latest version but still haven’t yet found any luck in seeing this once-removed toggle. This is because this icon is not activated by default, so you have to turn it on first.
It should be noted that not all iPhone models have this icon, particularly the iPhone 11, iPhone mini, and iPhone 13 mini. We expect that Apple could roll out more updates so more smartphones will have this icon in the future beta tests.
Battery Percentage Icon is an ‘Eyesore’
The Verge describes the battery percentage icon as an “eyesore,” which is usually present on the 2011 iPhone model. The tech site adds that it looks more like a sports jersey number, but not in the most desirable and presentable way.
Additionally, the publication includes that there are functional issues that can be seen in this icon. Speaking of which, some people find it hard to read, especially if the phone is not fully charged.
As such, The Verge writes that if your iPhone currently has a 10% battery, you might notice that the icon can fool your eyes. At first glance, you will think it’s already full, but it’s not.
If you have poor vision, you might be more confused in checking how much battery your phone has at the moment. There’s a huge chance that you will only misread what’s on the screen.
Somehow, Apple needs to improve its readability so it won’t be unfair to all users, especially those with eyesight problems. If the company makes the numbers and the icon bigger, then this could solve the current issue.
Last month, Tech Times reported that iOS 16 is set to allow third-party accessories with U1 chips to take advantage of the hands-free plans. The users will only need to connect them with the iPhone apps to enable this experience.
Written by Joseph Henry