Apple’s latest software is finally available for iPhone users, but the long-awaited return of battery percentage in the status bar won’t come for those with smaller smartphones.
After the announcement and release of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, Apple also released iOS 16 which brought numerous updates and features like customizable lock screens, an undo button on iMessage and (most importantly) the return of battery percentages. in the Status bar.
Older iPhones used to always display the battery percentage next to the battery icon, but when the iPhone X came out, the number was removed because the new notch style didn’t leave enough room for it.
Now, five years after the notch was introduced, Apple’s brightest software developers have finally found a solution – the battery percentage will be inside the battery icon.
Unfortunately, according Apple’s official support page (opens in new tab) those of you with an iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini will be excluded from this part of the iOS 16 update, though Apple hasn’t said why these specific models are being left out.
Mini iPhones make the most sense: their 5.4-inch screens are pretty small, and even with the change in how the battery percentage is displayed, they still might not be big enough to show details clearly.
But that doesn’t explain the iPhone XR and iPhone 11, as both smartphones have a larger 6.1-inch screen – it’s the same screen size as the iPhone 12, which is not exempt from the update. Here, we suspect it might have something to do with the screen resolution – the lower resolution iPhone 11 and iPhone XR may not have enough pixels to clearly display the new battery icon – but we’re not 100% sure.
We’ve reached out to Apple to learn more about why these iPhones won’t be able to display the battery percentage, and if we hear anything back, we’ll update this piece.
Fortunately, if you’re using an iPhone 8 or later, you’ll still be able to enjoy most of the benefits that iOS 16 brings… and better iPhones Apple makes.