Everything New in iOS 16 Beta 5: Battery Percentage in Status Bar, Find My Changes and More

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of iOS 16 to developers for testing purposes, introducing some small but notable changes to the iOS operating system.


We've rounded up everything new in the fifth beta below.

Battery Percentage in Status Bar

The battery icon in the status bar now displays the exact battery percent, a feature that can be toggled on in the Battery section of the Settings app.

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Battery level is available on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, with the exception of the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini and ‌iPhone 13‌ mini. It is also available on the iPhone X and XS, but not the ‌iPhone‌ 11 or the ‌iPhone‌ XR.

Battery percent has not been available on iPhones that have a notch for years now because of space constraints, so this is a welcome change for many ‌iPhone‌ users. Prior to now, checking for exact battery percentage had to be done by swiping into Control Center or using the battery widget.

New Find My Sound

When you use the "Play Sound" option in the Find My app for one of your devices, ‌iPhone‌ models have a new sound that plays. It's a bit louder and it is distinct from the sound available with prior versions of ‌iOS 16‌.

New Sound When Pinging iPhone from Apple Watch

When you swipe up on the Apple Watch to get to the Control Center, if you tap on the ‌iPhone‌ icon to ping your ‌iPhone‌ to locate it, you'll hear a new sound. It is the same sound as the new ‌Find My‌ sound.

Lock Screen Now Playing Visualizer

The third beta of ‌iOS 16‌ added a full-screen music player, and the fifth beta introduces a live mini visualizer.

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Perspective Zoom

The Perspective Zoom feature has been removed for Lock Screen wallpapers. The toggle to disable it has also been removed.

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It may be re-added in a future beta, as it is a feature that has been available on iPhones for some time.

Music App

Apple has slightly tweaked where Dolby Atmos and Lossless indicators are displayed. The information is now right next to genre, rather than below the Play and Shuffle buttons.

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Screenshots

When you take a screenshot, edit it, and then tap on "Done," there is a new option to "Copy and Delete" the screenshot rather than just delete it.

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Emergency Call

When you press and hold on the side button or rapidly press to get to the emergency screen, "Emergency SOS" has been renamed "Emergency Call."

Other New Features

Know of a new feature in ‌iOS 16‌ beta 5 that we left out? Let us know in the comments below.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16
Related Forum: iOS 16

Top Rated Comments

JPack Avatar
17 weeks ago
Another software locked feature.

I guess the A13-based iPhone 11 Pro Max isn't fast enough to display a battery life %.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sparkie_e Avatar
17 weeks ago
Some nice small quality of life updates!

Now if they could add the an option where it connects you to a public Wi-Fi and you press cancel, it allows you to go back to cellular rattler then selecting another network or connect with no internet, iOS16 will be a winner!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
compwiz1202 Avatar
17 weeks ago
Battery indicator AND a more distinct Find My sound. Are we in some alternate universe??

And in the beginning of the article, it should be "Battery level is available on the iPhone 12 and 13 models,"
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DaPizzaMan Avatar
17 weeks ago
Love the new Copy and Delete feature with screenshots.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
patton76 Avatar
17 weeks ago

So my 11 pro max will not show the battery percentage????
It is supported on iPhone 11 Pro Max. The article is wrong.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
17 weeks ago

Ok, I gotta ask... Why are people so hung up on a numeric charge indicator? I mean, the little battery icon is probably good enough to estimate the nearest 10%, and it's not like discharge is anything like linear, so what different decisions do people make when they know it's actually at 42% rather than guessing it's 40%?

This has been such a thing, and I can't get my head around it. Most people I know ignore their analog car fuel gauge until the light comes on, but apparently knowing the all the significant figures of their battery charge is critical...
Many people are "hung up" because they are in MR land and need something trivial to complain about year after year, even though a quick pull down shows the same. lol
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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