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Apple making BIG change to your iPhone after fans moaned about new feature

APPLE is tweaking the iPhone’s new battery symbol with a slightly slicker design.

It follows Apple fan complaints over the fact that the battery icon didn’t deplete as it drained.


The iOS 16 battery indicator symbol doesn’t deplete as the battery drains – although the percentage does drain – but this will change in iOS 16.1Credit: Apple / The Sun

The new icon – introduced this month with iOS 16 – finally added a number to represent battery percentage.

This was a long-requested feature, but some iPhone users weren’t entirely happy.

Currently the battery icon appears full right down until below 20% – no matter what the number percentage says.

Now a new version of the battery symbol depletes as it’s drained, as spotted by MacRumors.

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Old iPhone models used to have battery percentage indicators.

But the feature was scrapped for Face ID phone models due to a lack of space alongside the “notch” at the top of the display.

Apple used the latest iOS update to bring battery percentage back for Face ID iPhone models.

However it missed out the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 Mini in iOS 16.

Now in the new iOS 16.1 update, these models will get the new battery indicator.

And the battery icon will swap to the newer version that sees the bar deplete as charge drains.

The iOS 16.1 update is currently in beta testing, and will likely land on iPhones more generally in the next few weeks.

iOS 16 supported devices

Sadly, many iPhones simply can’t upgrade to iOS 16.

Here’s a list of all the iOS 16 supported devices:

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

If you don’t know which iPhone model you have, you can check by going into Settings > General > About and looking at Model Name.

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And you can see if you can get (or already have) iOS 16 by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

Sadly some iOS 16 features might not work on your device, even if you can get the new update. Here’s a list of model-dependent iOS 16 features.

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