Can you believe new generation iPhone models required you to swipe down to actually see the battery percentage? Well, Apple has finally brought the “battery percentage feature” to newer iPhones. I am surprised they haven’t named this innovative feature. Anyway, moving to the latest news, it turns out that the battery percentage feature is only kept for newer iPhone models. Sorry iPhone 11 users, your phone is outdated and will not show the battery percentage on the status bar.
Apple has officially confirmed the battery percentage in some of the devices. This includes a total of 4 popular iPhones listed below:
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 12 Mini
- iPhone 13 Mini
Have one of these phones? Apple is urging you to upgrade for knowing your battery percentage without swiping down.
Interestingly, battery percentage was shown in OG iPhones including the iPhone 4. But apparently, they couldn’t implement on the modern ones. They have not given us the reason why these iPhone cannot show the battery percentage.
There can be a discussion that its due to the text’s legibility. The XR / 11 display doesn’t have a high DPI to effectively display the numbers. And for the Mini models, it might be too tight to fit it all.
But you need to remember, the iPhone 6/7/8/SE has the exact same pixel density as XR and 11, but those have no problem displaying the battery percentage. Moreover, the Mini models have the highest DPI, so it shouldn’t be an issue either.
Hence, if they really wanted to implement it, there would have been multiple ways. For example, a vertical battery alongside the percentage on the status bar. Deep down we all know, that Apple is just pushing us and giving us more reasons to upgrade to newer iPhones.
Swiping down takes less than a second, and what’s the obsession with knowing the battery percentage?
That’s what an Apple fanboy would say. However, in reality, Apple has just pissed on the face of their customer. When you’re buying an iPhone, you expect a seamless software experience. Why would I have to swipe down, just to see the battery percentage?
This is just a poor decision to make people upgrade to newer iPhones, and give extra points to the newer models.
In the end, I am just surprised they didn’t reserve the battery percentage for 14 Pro Max.