Which iPhone battery indicator do you prefer?

One of the new features introduced with iOS 16 was a new battery indicator with the percentage right on the status bar, which was a first for iPhone X and later. However, after multiple complaints, Apple seems to have listened to users and once again changed the way this new indicator works. Now we want to know which is your preferred solution.

Battery indicator on iPhone

Previously, the battery icon did not correspond to the percentage of the battery when it was discharging. This means that regardless of the battery percentage, the icon will always look the same except when the battery is below 20%. Some users claimed that this led them to think the battery was full at a glance when it was not.

Apple reconsidered this aspect and introduces a redesigned version of the battery indicator with iOS 16.1 Beta 2. The new indicator has a dynamic icon that changes depending on the battery level. But that wasn’t the only change Apple made to the battery indicator during the betas.

This new design also comes with a bolder font than before. When your iPhone is charging, the lightning bolt icon no longer appears once you’ve reached 100% charge.

Previously, even if you chose not to use the new battery indicator with the percentage, it was automatically enabled if Low Power Mode was enabled. This behavior changed before the official release of iOS 16 to the public. With the iOS 16.1 beta, Apple also enabled battery percentage for models like the iPhone XR and iPhone 12 mini, which previously lacked such an option.

Some users say the new dynamic icon makes it even harder to read the percentage, while others seem to prefer the new design introduced with iOS 16.1 beta 2.

Which do you prefer?

Now we would like to know your opinion on this. Do you like the original implementation of the battery indicator with a fixed icon or the new one with a dynamic icon that changes based on the percentage? Let us know in the poll and also in the comments section below.

Poll: Which implementation of the new battery indicator for iPhone do you prefer?

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