iPhone fans are already redesigning Apple's awful new battery icon

A mock-up showing alternatives to Apple’s battery indicator icon
(Image credit: Mikael Johansson)

Of all the new features announced for iOS 16, we didn't expect a new battery icon to be the one that made the most waves among the tech community. Apple's new icon was quietly released with the most recent iOS beta – and while it's great to see the remaining percentage on the home screen again, users aren't thrilled with the execution. 

The issue is that the battery icon no longer shows the juice depleting horizontally – instead, all users have to go on is the number plastered over the icon. For many, it's proving confusing to see a combination of a full battery icon and a low number sitting on top of it. (Check out the best iPhone 13 deals if you're in the market for new gear.)

iPhone battery percentage icon

Apple's new battery icon (top right) (Image credit: Apple)

And design-savvy Apple fans have already taken it upon themselves to improve upon Apple's offering. One particularly sound redesign comes from Brian Michel, engineering manager at The Browser Company (below). This envisions the colour of the numbers changing from black to white with the movement of the battery status, making the whole thing much easier to read (and understand).

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But this isn't the only option. Product manager Mikael Johansson has shared no less than three possible alternatives, featuring workarounds including borders around the numbers, and a light grey colour for the battery icon itself. 

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It'll be interesting to see whether Apple does indeed decide to tweak the icon before rolling out iOS 16 to the public in September – no doubt alongside the highly anticipated iPhone 14. Don't fancy waiting? Take a look at today's best iPhone 13 deals below.

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).