Buggy iOS 12.2 Beta 2 Lock Screen Shows Battery Percentage Instead of Date [Updated]

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The second iOS 12.2 beta introduces a significant change to the Lock screen, updating it to display battery percent rather than the date in most situations. It's not clear if this is the intended behavior, but after updating to iOS 12.2, battery percent is displayed under the time in the place of where the date used to be.

Lock screen in iOS 12.2 on left, lock screen on iOS 12.1.3 on right (when not charging

Current charge level is displayed in lieu of the date whenever the iPhone is not actively charging. When charging via Lightning cable, battery case, or wireless charger, the behavior is the same as it is on iOS 12.1.3. The charge level is displayed for a few moments before it swaps over to the date.

It's not known if displaying the charge permanently is the intended behavior, and this is potentially a bug because it's not likely most users want to display battery life continuously in place of the date. We're also seeing some bugginess with the way charge levels and date listings swap on various devices like wireless chargers and Lightning cables.

Apple may be intending for the non-charging behavior to work like the charging behavior, with the ‌iPhone‌ displaying the charge momentarily when woken up before swapping over to the date. If this is a bug, it should be cleared up with the next beta. If Apple does indeed intend to display the battery percentage on the lock screen temporarily in all conditions, it would be a welcome change. Some users have been unhappy with the battery percentage being hidden in the Control Center in the ‌iPhone‌ X and later.

Update: Apple's release notes clarify that this is a bug that is listed in the developer beta release notes. It will be fixed in a future beta.

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17 months ago
I've updated this post! It's a bug for sure. It's actually listed in Apple's developer release notes, but wasn't there when we checked right after the beta was released. So an oops, here. This behavior will be corrected in a future beta and is not intended.

We apologize for any confusion.
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17 months ago
I sure would love a landscape lock screen. I prefer the phone mounted in my car horizontally and it’s pretty silly that so many native apps and the lock screen have no landscape orientation.
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17 months ago

Interesting. Why not just make the battery a number?

Because that would (likely) conflict with some arbitrary Jony Ive design doctrine
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17 months ago
Interesting. Why not just make the battery a number?
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17 months ago
I’d actually prefer this as a configurable option.
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17 months ago
Also if you have a timer set, it doesn't show on the lock screen anymore. I'm sure it's the same bug.
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