Millions of iPhone owners BLOCKED from new feature – are you locked out? | The Sun

THE IPHONE'S latest hugely hyped feature won't be available to everybody – and fans are not best pleased.

It emerged earlier this week that the latest version of the iOS operating system displays the battery percentage in the status bar.

It's been top of many fans' wishlists for years after Apple removed the numerical indicator from the top of the iPhone display in 2017.

Every flagship model since then has just shown an imprecise visual representation of battery level.

The more accurate version will make its comeback with the release of iOS 16 next month – but not for every model.

According to several reports, only some iPhones with a "notch" display will get the revamped marker.

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It will be available on the iPhone 12 and 13 range with the exception of the 5.4-inch ‌iPhone 12‌/13 mini, MacRumours reports.

It will also be available on the iPhone X and the ‌iPhone‌ XS.

That means the feature will be blocked on the iPhone SE, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini.

Rumours suggest that iPhones with LCD displays and mini phones don't have the screen resolution to support the indicator.

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While plenty of fans have welcomed the change, some have a bone to pick with Apple.

After news of the update emerged on Reddit, users piled in on Apple for limiting it to certain models.

One Redditor whined: "What the f**k? Why can’t the 12/13 Mini and XR get it as well?"

Another said: "Gotta be f**king kidding me. -Signed an XR user."

Plenty of people were happy with the update, however, with one Redditor describing it as "unironically the best iOS 16 feature."

The battery percentage indicator appeared in the iPhone's status bar – which also shows the time, signal strength, and more – for years.

However, Apple binned it in 2017 with the iPhone X, which introduced the California company's "notch" screen design.

The layout sacrificed a portion of the status bar to make room for cameras and sensors and has featured on every flagship iPhone since.

To view the exact remaining battery percentage, owners of recent models have had to open a separate menu by swiping down from the top right-hand corner of the screen.

It's been a point of contention among Apple fans for years and it appears the company is finally addressing the problem.

According to MacRumours, the battery percentage indicator will make a triumphant return with the release of iOS 16.

That's the next major update to the iPhone's software that's due for release next month.

Apple has already released a public beta of the software and tech whizzes are trawling through it to find new features.

With the fifth beta of iOS 16, Apple has updated the battery icon to display the specific battery percentage.

Images of the feature shared on social media show a number appearing over that indicator to show the remaining percentage.

It means users can see exactly how much power they have left at a glance without needing to open the Control Centre menu.

Apple unveiled iOS 16 at its 2022 Worldwide Developer Conference back in June and said it plans to release the update in autumn.

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As well as the new battery indicator, the new software will introduce Lock Screen customisation and the ability to edit or delete messages.

The update is heavily rumoured to be launching alongside a fresh set of iPhones next month.

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