Apple's new iPhone icon shouldn't be this exciting

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A fan-made render of the iPhone 14 (Image credit: the Hacker 34)

There's a running joke among certain tech fans that whenever Apple releases a "brand new" feature that's been available on Android for years, the former's disciples will rejoice as though it's the height of innovation. And this might be the most hilarious example of the phenomenon yet.

iOS 16 beta users are celebrating the addition of a remaining battery percentage to the iPhone's home and lock screens. And honestly, if you'd told me before today that it hasn't been possible to view the remaining battery percentage without entering Control Centre, I wouldn't have believed you. (Looking for new kit? Check out the best iPhone 13 deals available now.)

iPhone battery percentage icon

The new battery icon (top right) (Image credit: Apple)

If, like me, you assumed the percentage could always be enabled in Settings, you'd be wrong. Apparently the battery percentage disappeared from the home screen for good in 2017 with the arrival of the iPhone X – and the notch (which might finally be on the way out with the iPhone 14).

But it seems Apple has finally found a way to show the remaining battery life on the home screen whilst still preserving space. The battery percentage (minus % icon) is now plastered on top of the battery icon. It's hardly the most elegant solution – the icon no longer shows depleting battery as a horizontal bar, so users will have only the number to go on. If your eyesight isn't great, you might have a hard time reading it.

But perhaps the most notable aspect of the whole thing is the online reaction. iPhone users are positively delighted to be able to do something that Android users have been able to do for years. Who knew sticking a number on top of an icon would prove such a popular update?

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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).