these two tweaks would make ios 16 even more amazing [the cultcast]

New features coming in iOS 16 look impressive, but we'll be disappointed if Apple doesn't polish these two things. Image: Cult of Mac

This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: We’re taking a long look (and listen) at all the hottest new features coming in iOS 16, including the return of the battery percentage indicator. Some of the impending changes look (and sound) great. Others … not so much.

We want two big tweaks: a polished version of the battery percentage indicator, and an iPhone ping that doesn’t sound like garbage. (The existing one is great, and the proposed one is definitely not an upgrade.)

But, hey, there’s still time for Tim Cook’s team of tweakers to bring things up to snuff. In fact, somebody already did the heavy lifting for them on that battery icon (see below)!

Also on The CultCast

Apple’s Mail app is about to add some incredibly useful features that, frankly, we can’t believe we waited this long to get. Apple Watch Series 8 might come with a temperature sensor, but just how accurate will it be? We’ve got a new giveaway, featuring a cool-looking Laut backpack. We’re anxiously awaiting the next version of the HomePod (and musing about what it might deliver).

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This week’s top Apple news

On the show this week: Your host Erfon Elijah (@erfon) and Cult of Mac managing editor Lewis Wallace (@lewiswallace).

Here are the headlines we’re talking about on this week’s show:

iOS 16 beta 5: All the new features and changes Every new email trick in iOS 16 that you need to know ‘High-Accuracy’ Apple Watch Temperature Sensor Revealed by Patent Filing Just Weeks Before Series 8 Unveiling (MacRumors) Gurman: Apple Considering Updated HomePod Mini Alongside New High-End HomePod (MacRumors)

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To enter, just sign up for the Cult of Mac Today newsletter from our giveaway page. Cult of Mac Today is our free daily newsletter that gives you three to five of the top news stories of the day. You can get additional entries through the giveaway widget by visiting our Facebook and Twitter pages, etc.

As mentioned on the show

Here’s that great graphic showing Apple’s new battery percentage icon, along with several better-looking options:

Mikael Johansson
@michaelnevernot

Nothing wrong with what Apple released but I think I might’ve preferred something like Alternative A for the battery indicator https://t.co/a44879RIFk

8:41 AM · Aug 10, 2022

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