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.

lockscreenios122bug

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.

Related Forum: iOS 12

Top Rated Comments

jclo Avatar
48 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.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bjwhite3114 Avatar
48 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.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zakarhino Avatar
48 months ago
Interesting. Why not just make the battery a number?
Because that would (likely) conflict with some arbitrary Jony Ive design doctrine
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tomtendo Avatar
48 months ago
Interesting. Why not just make the battery a number?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Azeroth1 Avatar
48 months ago
I’d actually prefer this as a configurable option.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mdorais Avatar
48 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.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

USB C Over Lightning Feature

EU Passes Law to Switch iPhone to USB-C by End of 2024

Tuesday October 4, 2022 3:30 am PDT by
The European Parliament today voted overwhelmingly in favor of enforcing USB-C as a common charging port across a wide range of consumer electronic devices, including the iPhone and AirPods, by the end of 2024. The proposal, known as a directive, forces all consumer electronics manufacturers who sell their products in Europe to ensure that a wide range of devices feature a USB-C port. This...
General iOS 16 Feature Yellow

10 New iOS 16 Features Coming Later This Year

Monday October 3, 2022 2:41 pm PDT by
iOS 16 was released to the public three weeks ago with a customizable Lock Screen, the ability to edit iMessages, improvements to Focus modes, and much more. And in the coming months, iPhone and iPad users have even more new features to look forward to. We've rounded up 10 new features coming to the iPhone and iPad later this year, according to Apple. Many of the features are part of iOS...
magsafe charger orange

Apple Releases New MagSafe Charger Firmware

Tuesday October 4, 2022 12:09 pm PDT by
Apple today released updated firmware for the MagSafe Charger that is designed to work with the iPhone 12 and later and the AirPods Pro 2. The new firmware is version 10M1821, up from the prior 10M229 firmware. Note that in the Settings app, you'll see a different version number than the firmware number, with the update displayed as version 255.0.0.0 (the prior firmware was 247.0.0.0). The...
maxresdefault

Video: AirPods Pro 2 vs. Bose QuietComfort II

Monday October 3, 2022 12:50 pm PDT by
Apple on September 23 officially launched the second-generation version of the AirPods Pro, introducing updated Active Noise Cancellation, Adaptive Transparency, improved sound, and more. Right around the same time, Bose introduced new QuietComfort II earbuds with many similar features, so we thought we'd compare the two to see which has the edge. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for ...
iOS 16

Apple Preparing iOS 16.0.3 With More Bug Fixes Following iPhone 14 Launch

Monday October 3, 2022 7:53 am PDT by
iOS 16.0.2 was released last month with several bug fixes for iPhone 14 issues, excessive copy and paste permission prompts, and more. Now, evidence suggests that Apple is planning to release iOS 16.0.3 with additional bug fixes. Evidence of an upcoming iOS 16.0.3 software update has shown up in MacRumors analytics logs, which have been a reliable indicator in the past. There are several...
ipad pro m1 feature

Gurman: Apple Event This October Remains Unlikely, No Touch ID for iPhone 15

Sunday October 2, 2022 6:41 am PDT by
Apple is developing new iPad Pro, Mac, and Apple TV models, and at least some of these products will be released in October, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. However, Gurman continues to believe that Apple is unlikely to hold an event this month. In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman said "the big iPhone 14 unveiling last month was probably it for Apple in 2022 in...
General YouTube Feature 1

You May Soon Need to Be a YouTube Premium Subscriber to Watch 4K Videos

Monday October 3, 2022 4:29 am PDT by
YouTube may make watching videos in 4K quality on the platform exclusive to only YouTube Premium subscribers, according to screenshots posted by users on Twitter and Reddit. On Reddit (1,2) and Twitter, some users have started to recently notice that on iOS, and presumably across other platforms also, YouTube is now saying that in order to watch videos in 4K, the user must be a paying...
Apple SIM Card

Apple SIM No Longer Available for Activating New Cellular Data Plans on iPads

Sunday October 2, 2022 8:04 am PDT by
As of October 1, Apple SIM is no longer available for activating new cellular data plans on supported iPad models, according to an Apple support document. Introduced in 2014, the Apple SIM was designed to allow iPad users to activate cellular data plans from multiple carriers around the world. Initially, the Apple SIM was a physical nano-SIM card, but it was embedded inside later iPad Pro...