For the past five years, there was no way to display the iPhone’s battery percentage in the status bar…for some reason
Apple released last Monday the fifth beta version of iOS 16, which will be the next big update to the iPhone operating system. Along with it, the company introduced different new features and improvements, including one that, seeing the reception by users, seems to have been a revolution within the operating system.
But the novelty has rather little of revolutionary. In fact, Android users have been able to enjoy something similar on their mobiles for more than ten years.
And it is that, five years after having withdrawn the option, Apple has once again given iPhone users the possibility of show the remaining battery percentage in the status bar.
Battery percentage hits iPhone status bar
Back in 2010, with the arrival of android froyothere were already Android manufacturers that gave the option of show remaining battery level in the system status bar on your devices. Shortly after, Android would introduce this feature natively in AOSPto end up reaching Google’s Nexus and Pixel devices.
The most striking of all is that something as simple as displaying a number inside an icon is exclusive to some specific iPhone models. as confirmed in MacRumors, only the iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone X and iPhone XS are compatible with this new feature, with the exception of the “Mini” models. For some reason that Apple hasn’t specified, other recent models like the iPhone 11 or iPhone XR are not supported.
With this, it’s already five o’clock news of iOS 16 that existed on Android for a long time. Although in favor of Apple, it must be said that the option to show the battery level already existed in the iPhoneuntil the company decided to withdraw it five years ago.