iOS 7 charging featured

As you know, many an item has changed with iOS 7 from a visual perspective. We’ve already covered some of the details of the Lock screen, booting, etc. What about something as subtle as the visual cues when the device begins to charge? Indeed, those have been totally revamped as well, and the changes, I believe, are for the better. Take a look…

The best change is without a doubt the dismissal of the colossal battery image on your Lock screen. Why did we need that huge battery image on the Lock screen in the first place? This has been completely removed for a more appropriate battery icon that appears over the Lock screen wallpaper, and disappears a few seconds afterwards. No longer will you have to be concerned about the battery logo hindering your wallpaper.

The second change is with the status bar battery indicator. The indicator itself, when not charging, matches iOS 7’s minimalistic new design. When you charge the device, instead of just a static image of the battery with a lightning bolt displayed in the middle, you’re greeted with a pulsating lightning bolt icon located just to the right of the battery. Again, it’s a very subtle effect, but it’s largely better than what we’ve had to deal with over the last few years. Be sure to watch our video above for a comparison between the two styles.

What do you think about the new Battery charging indicators in iOS 7? Do you like them, or do you feel like its too huge a departure from what we currently have? Share your thoughts and comments below.

  • Gorgonphone

    nope the old one is better i like 6 look much cooler… this one i too basic and uncreative looks like something a non UI designer like ive would think is cool..

    • I think you’re missing the point of iOS 7 massively.

      • Gorgonphone

        oh sorry i though one of the most important characteristics of and effective user interface is its aesthetics.. if its ugly it has failed by default.. simple is fine flat is fine but this poor quality design is just sad..

      • Maxim∑

        use it in real life, your perspective will change

      • Gorgonphone

        i will only have it when i can jailbreak

      • Jeremiah sarpong

        I think you are suffering from perception error, iOS 7 is the best design that perfectly suit handheld device. You can criticize Apple… 100 times no one cares. Moreover what do you know about design?

      • The most important characteristic of an interface is obviously ease of use. It’s a minimalist interface that removes all the unnecessary bloat.

        It’s not poor quality, it just needs a few icons retouched

      • Gorgonphone

        if its ugly the human will not want to interact with it fact

      • Mustang5Oh

        What’s the last thing you designed? Oh yeah…nothing.

      • Gorgonphone

        Actually i am creative director by profession going on 14 years lol you have no clue what i know about design 😉

      • Obviously. No one lies over the internet to help prove their point. Silly us. I fail to see what is “poor quality” about a simple solid box with another box outlining it. Seems to me you have 14 years of experience, but nothing to say of it. Poor you.

      • TeddyBearStand

        And I have been in space for the past 29 years. The earth should get a redesign, especially minimalize that moon, man its so stale.

      • anthony21

        lmao. im very interested in what you’ve done then…

      • anthony21

        creative director that whines like a brat. bloody creative eh.

      • Gorgonphone

        I refuse to sit and accept low quality bs from apple

      • Gorgonphone

        Nothing much just developed the strenght to admit when the great apple has messed up

      • anthony21

        …..what do you actually do… show me your portfolio, company site, works….just saying things doesnt get you acknowledged…

      • kamranm1200

        Sure. How old are you? 3? Because you sure are acting like you are 3.

      • Al

        Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      • Sammy Wang


      • Al

        Really!?! You know that’s not all phones are used for in today’s standard.

      • Valinor

        Nope he isnt. Just because its new and a fresh look, doesn’t mean its progress. While the extra functions build in are great, the flat look is crap.

      • Well I respect your opinion, but I’ll just accept that it’s wrong and we can go our separate ways.

      • anthony21

        thats just an objective opinion about the flat design. but seems like ppl are loving it. plus its still in beta they are gonna revamp alot since the icon designs are very inconsistent right now

    • felixtaf

      I dono wat to call you.. But seriously dont whine like a litlle kid… All these years you asked for change (I have been seeing you since few months – You speak positively about iOS and thrash android). Jus before wwdc you asked for multitasking, game controllers support, to change the lame UI (yes u said it), quick controls and jailbreak features. Man you got almost everything. You dont like the design of the icons. For f*ck sake dont whine. We got a drastic change, accept the goodness and the ugly icons will change (or u will get used to it) or u can change with jailbreak. Read all your comments aftr WWDC, you jus read urself. 90% of ur comments are complaining about UI. If u think iOS 6 is cooler, dont upgrade and keep ur jailbreak or jump ship. Jus dont talk trash and disappoint others…

      • Mustang5Oh

        ^ couldn’t have said it better myself. Maybe he is secretly Scott Forstall lol.

      • f5faith


      • kamranm1200

        Doubt it because Scott Forstall was born in the US and he’s a native English speaker. Gorgonphone on the other side was probably born in India because he defiantly isn’t a native English speaker.

      • Amp


    • Mustang5Oh

      You sir are less than intelligent.

    • Damian W

      i like how you expressed your opinion and then criticized yourself and then opposed your previous opinion. Quite interesting.

  • QuarterSwede

    As someone whose actually using iOS 7 the pulsing battery charging indicator is much nicer. And for anyone who thinks the old lockscreen battery style is better the new one is only on the screen for a few seconds.

  • Phil Randle

    Been using iOS 7 for the last 4 days, am easily enjoying this more then my jailbroken iOS 6 iPhone 5. Once iOS 7 moves through the beta stages it will be a great OS, such a joy to use.

    • Gorgonphone

      ^^^another one of those apple PR drone posts i swear apple spent a few million to make tis happen sad..

      • nsfw

        Really? I agree with phil. Have you used it?
        I miss a couple tweaks but in general, I don’t really care much about a jailbreak. It was fun when iOS couldn’t do much, but its sort of moot now.
        I’ll still miss zypher and I hate the battery charge ding.

      • Gorgonphone

        IOS 7 is ugly the jailbeak will fix that

      • nsfw

        you do realize the artwork isn’t final?

      • Gorgonphone

        it better not be

      • You say you have 14 years of design experience and you are trash talking a beta.. RIGHT.

      • Jesse Head

        Hmm… a LOT of change would need to go into this beta to bring the quality of the design up to par with iOS 6. When was the last time you saw Apple drastically change the design of an OS within the space of a beta?

      • Is there a jailbreak for you?

        *Immature comment that is probably appropriate for someone of your type*

      • Alejandro M. Marez

        You are so deluded

      • you really are a strange individual, you think it’s a conspiracy we have good things to say about a FREE graphical interface? Go take off your foil helmet and get some fresh air

      • Gorgonphone

        i think its sad that you are encouraging apple in this low quality

      • anthony21

        low quality……. go look at other UIs visual asethetics. it’s just not as refined and doesnt hold a certain classiness that apple does. if you hate it this much just stick to your jailbreak. even tho its still beta 1 on ios7, still pretty impressive with the overhaul.

      • Damian W

        you kinda have a point here. If people massively said that the overall icons and UI sucks….apple would finally start getting their shit together. Instead, most users say iOS is great, and they don’t even know how to use iOS. This way apple just dwells on user’s lack of knowledge. iOS is so simple that it just could not get any easier. Literally, 3 year old kids use theirs moms iPhone as a toy while i am taking a subway.

        My beef is only with system itself and the whole idea of pressing on the dumb icons. The UI does not really interests me and I think Apple made a little step forward in UI’s case ( however all they did was colouring the system elements, just like kids colour their books).

      • TeddyBearStand

        Honestly “pressing on the dumb icons” is what every UI is based upon; if it is well done it is usually hidden behind some fancy organization, but the basic framework is always there. Sometimes simplicity is better than trying to do something different and confusing.

      • Damian W

        Of course you have icons in mac and windows, but they are not heavily exposed like they are in iOS. The icons in iOS, or android are so overwhelming. You have 100 apps and half of them you start ignoring because they are somewhere on 10th page and they don’t even deliver the functionality you would expect. Honestly, there should be some stack of icons like it is done in Mac ( I have 100 apps on mac but almost never really see the icons.), and also communication between apps like it is done in mac and windows. iOS apps are just mostly working as separate entities that don’t have anything to do with each other. This makes the entire process of working on mobile devices very unproductive and cumbersome.

      • anthony21

        ultimately this is a mobile platform, emails get replied, texts between peeps, phonecalls, occasional gaming. any other serious work shouldnt be done on your phone. simplicity is what a mobile platform should bring, straightforward no brainer.

      • Damian W

        ultimately simplicity does not cost (or should not) 900 bucks. I can get 10 year old Nokia, if i want simplicity.

      • anthony21

        lol then jump ship, or jailbreak the hell outta your device till you get what you want, most people are fine with it. i work on mine with no problem, but mines jailbroken so yeah.

      • Damian W

        thats what i am doing. I started to love cydia more than apple. 120 tweaks on each device and always trying to add something extra.

      • anthony21

        lol i wont say i love cydia more than apple, cause in the end i wont be using an android, their UI is just not as refined, cause you still gotta have ios as a base for cydia to enhance your experience on the device. so props to apple

      • Eric Van Laarhoven

        Please just stay on iOS 6.1.2 then. Sheesh. What a cry baby.

      • Nestea80

        I’m sorry that you actually delude yourself into thinking that Apple is paying Phil Randle to say such things, instead of thinking that he’s just a regular individual like yourself with an opinion that differs from your own. So do you think everyone who likes iOS7 is being paid by Apple?

      • TeddyBearStand

        Are you 5?

    • Mike

      How user friendly is it? Do you think these new features and look bring it upto par with Android?

  • Benn

    i hope they see sense and alter some of the icons during beta

    • that’s their only mistake so far, and the fact that you shouldn’t be able to slide back on the passcode entry screen (stops me from typing my passcode quickly)

  • gio

    I love iOS 7 ! Good work Apple!

    • Gorgonphone

      i hate it .. you failed apple.. and the drop in their stock price indicates that many agree with me

      • Maxim∑

        Yeah Apple stock price is falling because of a battery indicator change (AAPL +3.77$ 0.87%)

      • Gorgonphone

        because the OS looks ugly and less attractive than before

      • Maxim∑

        Wait until its out of beta before judging looks.

      • Gorgonphone

        they should not have shown this ugly crap at all..

      • wasn’t aware apple released a fish

      • Gorgonphone

        the UI is as ugly as dead fish

      • well when I see some of your work, maybe I’ll respect your opinion, until then, I’ll take my design qualifications and just laugh at your lack of design sense

      • dunnoay

        I’ve seen your comments all over here and your defence of such mediocre design is baffling. I think that Gorgonphone’s and others arguments are entirely valid but poorly expanded on. The new iOS looks fantastically designed in terms of usability and functionality, but really, the icons in question are poorly executed. There are strange inconsistencies and weird spacing all over, they just don’t quite cut it. I’m not saying the new flat direction is bad at all, but for instance take a look at the difference between the Photos icon styling and Game Center icon styling. Do you see a problem? Maybe you’ll spot an issue when comparing the gradient of the App Store icon with that of the Mail icon… See what I mean?

        Your fancy design qualifications don’t make anyone else’s opinions obsolete, and if you were so highly skilled you would have pulled up on these imperfections too. I can tell you for certain that much of the design community, myself included, is unanimously unhappy with visual portions of the UI, despite there being a great many fantastic UX upgrades and added features. That being said, I still love iOS and would not even consider switching out to Android or similar, I just think that the product presented is not the best that Apple can give us. Not bashing, merely suggesting room for progression.

      • If you’d actually read all of my comments, you’d see I don’t like the icons, but have praised the rest of the interface

      • dunnoay

        Hmm, perhaps I shouldn’t have singled you out so much, but it was this variety of comment: “Well I respect your opinion, but I’ll just accept that it’s wrong and we can go our separate ways.” from yourself and others that ground my gears. In reality, there are tonnes of people disappointed with so many aspects of the design (not just the icons) and why should their opinions be wrong? They aren’t just shmucks trying to poop on the iOS 7 party for the sake of it, they’re iOS users that have been disappointed by the scaling back of the product that was so set apart from the competition. The skeuomorphic iOS 6 and previous have been somewhat of a signature of Apple’s, not replicated by the tacky interfaces of Android, Windows, etc. Now that that’s gone, iOS seemingly blends into the same visual realm as its competitors and that is a huge bummer for a great many, myself included. Again, not bashing iOS 7 as a whole, just suggesting it hasn’t quite hit the sweet spot. I think this is what others who speak negatively of the new look are trying to say but fail to do so properly, so I’ve tried to articulate it for them. Hopefully this makes sense.

      • felixtaf

        Its not perfect… But its not ugly as dead fish…

      • felixtaf

        Seriously it was less attractive than before? then y we have been using themes in our jailbroken iPhone????

      • yeah Apple failed because you have no design sense

      • Mustang5Oh

        And all the down votes here mean what? We agree with you? Fool.

      • Gorgonphone

        Mean you are too depressed to face facts

  • Valinor

    I liked the design at first, it was fresh. But after using it for a few days I really miss the old look. The changes in UI are great, like the notifications center, multitasking and quick settings. I also like the lockscreen.
    But the icons look awfull and also the settings menu is ugly. It has lost all color and depht.
    The flat look is a fail.

    • Gorgonphone


      • kamranm1200

        Leave us alone if you are just gonna reply to everyone’s comments and say bad things because we don’t need you stalking us.

  • Ashley Armstrong

    Old Iphone like 4 can getting is update too or new one

    • marcus1324


      • Ashley Armstrong

        iOS 7 work for Old Iphone 4???

      • no, only new iPhone 4

      • Ashley Armstrong

        I have new iphone 4s

      • felixtaf

        All iPhones starting from the very first iPhone 4…

      • Ashley Armstrong

        thank you

      • Ashley Armstrong

        when update to iOS 7

      • felixtaf

        They said coming this fall.. Not sure when, probably between august and october… You can try the beta if u want. But you will lose ur jailbreak (if u have), it wont be stable, may lag n crash. You can always go back to previous version (6.1.3 – not 6.1.2), coz Apple will sign it until iOS 7 release.

  • chumawumba

    How do you guys make screen captures?

    • Tomás Escobar

      If it’s just a screen capture (not video), press home and lock button at the same time. It’ll take a picture of your actual screen.

      • chumawumba

        I know that. But I am talking about video of them using the phone. Their hands aren’t even there, so how do they do it?

  • Guest

    It’s a change. I like the way it’s implemented. I may not be a huge fan of the GUI though. But definitely more subtle than previous version.

  • U Kn0w What 1t 1s

    I love all the new minimalist of changes and features

  • Arman P. Reyes

    Since we are talking regarding charging here,did anyone notice the black lightning cable that was being used during the wwdc? It would be unlikely for apple to use a third party cable on their on own conference.

  • Im using 7 beta; its very “smooth” to use in the real world. I still miss my jailbreak; but I knew what I was getting into. Like to ride the cutting edge; and I’m sure I’ll get back old friends like NCfavorites and Octopus keyboard; when 7 is eventually hacked open.

  • Guest

    The theme of ios7 is just so horrible to me i hope they change it and the fonts look way 2 thin i cant believe people actually like this and jeff

  • Rickm_jr

    So, battery percent or what?

  • Ricky

    Love it rather than the old black thing. yuck!

  • cordell

    It looks weird

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    I can’t wait now let fall come

  • iOS 6 – in your face

    iOS 7 – out of your way

    That’s quite an improvement from my point of view…

  • Winski

    The ‘new’ UI just plainly sucks. As was reported on Tuesday, it looks like used bubble-gum from a 13 year old girl going to cheerleader tryouts.. It’s AWFUL!!!

    • Mustang5Oh

      If someone used those exact words they should be fired. That’s beyond a childish and unprofessional way to describe something. Oh and given its a UI for a phone you’re free to use a different phone.

  • Adham

    I have to say I like the change, except disappointed that when battery is 100%, it still shows a lightening bolt, and not the old fully charged symbol. How do you tell when it is fully charged now?

    • anthony21

      its beta… wait for them to slowly revamp it

    • Mustang5Oh

      When it says 100%…..

      • Adham

        Once it hits 100% it is not fully charged according to iOS. If you look at iOS 6 and earlier, you hit 100% and you still get thunderbolt icon meaning it’s still charging.

  • jess_mcfadden

    i love ios 7 , i’ve been playing around with it and i love it i thought i was gonna hate it , i was about to switch to windows phone but apple has done it again they’re at the top of their game , ios 7 is definitely a big upgrade from ios 6 , android what ? windows phone ? iphone FTW ,

  • mav3rick

    Yeah, right. Was just kept looking at the lock screen wallpaper when charging. So big battery was in the way.

    Charging indicator was better in iOS 6. The lightening bolt was over the icon not needed to move battery icon to the left.

    But an article about lightening bolt pulsating? Really?!? Is this what iDB is becoming? Starting sound like some propaganda about this new ugly, harsh, blinding messOS.

  • Arcikk

    Hi guys. I don’t have a dev account, but I see this iOS 7 beta on thepiratebay. And my question is: if I update to iOS 7 will I lose all my contacts and stuff? And how is it with backups on iCloud?
    Thx for response

    • anthony21

      make sure you have your current contacts either backed up with your mac or windows itunes or have it synced with icloud which is much more convenient, and when you update if you just sign in with your icloud your contacts, calendar, photostream should all be there depending on what you allowed with icloud

      • Arcikk

        And how is it about apps? Will I get a ‘clean’ iPhone after updating?

      • anthony21

        its upto you, on how you restore, you can also restore from backup which it will help you reinstall all your apps back, but im not quite sure if you can restore from backup with ios7. i just did a clean update, since i loaded it on my old iphone 4

      • Arcikk

        Thx for responses. If anyone know if I can restore from backup on iOS 7 I will be very grateful.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Do NOT restore if your device is not registered as a developer’s one, it won’t work. Download the ispw file from torrent, use the desktop iTunes app, the trick is to press ‘UPDATE SOFTWARE’ with shift (windows) or option (mac) key, navigate to the ispw file and select it and viola, you are updating. I did it. Everything was kept on my device: Apps, contacts, docs, etc. But beware: Do not sync (backup) the device to desktop iTunes after the update unless you save the old backup file safely, the new backup isn’t compatible with iOS 6, if you want to restore your device back, you’ll lose your data. Hope this helps.

      • Arcikk

        @Mohammed Sahib
        And if I backup it on iCloud?

      • felixtaf

        You can do this.. If u r on iOS 7. Go back to 6.1.3. restore from ur last iCloud backup. Then connect it to itunes, Press SHIFT + UPDATE (NOT RESTORE) in itunes. Selelct iOS 7 beta and let itunes update ur phone. You phone will be updated without erasing ur data,… You can also make icloud backups in iOS7..
        Source : Personal experience.

  • Those people on iOS 7, do me a favor please and set a blank white background. Can you still read the time and sie the battery outline? Can you post a screenshot?

    • anthony21

      yeah the text seems to switch between black and white automatically depending on your background color

  • Jeff Laing

    Once again, the excitement here baffles me beyond words.

    Disclaimer: I have never put my iDevices onto a pedastal and just sat staring adoringly at them. I realize this apparently puts me into a minority. I accept that people do use bedside docks and treat their iPod as a clock – personally, I’ve never been able to sleep with a light that bright, and having it pulsating, much less moving, would be an insomnia inducer.

    As to the status bar indicator, using the word “minimalistic” to describe something that actually takes MORE pixels and twice as many graphics as the old indicator seems a trifle generous.

  • Is there any image with the battery percent?


  • Yash Gorana

    iDownloadBlog Tip #1

    if you see @Gorgonphone:disqus’s comment. Ignore.

    Just a hater fool, who has no idea what he is commenting.

  • burlow

    why move the bolt outside the battery? it just takes up unnecessary space. It would be just as easy (and better looking) to have a pulsing (or static) bolt inside the battery like before.

  • Jeff

    Hey Jeff, How’s the battery life on iOS7?

  • Bishoy

    Apple still needs to do a lot in the design of the ios7 before it’s finally released! And really needs to get rid of the 2 default dynamic images that makes people say THE FULL OS is stolen from android!

  • oliversl

    I like iOS 6 battery design better, I care about the charging status, not my wallpaper.

  • drk007

    No contrast; hard to see what the charge is; mistake #1. You can do a minimalist design that looks good, but this is not even close. This looks like some 10 year old kid who just learned how to use the gradient fill tool in CorelDraw, went bonkers on it — “weeee mommy look… i can do gradients!”

  • Allen Greathouse

    I like it but the green does not fit should still be grey

  • Sudnagunta Vishnu Prasad Chowd

    how do we know the charging is full in ios 7 in the previous version the ios 6.1.4 it indicated a plug mark but no indication in ios 7

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  • Salman Xsakjdhksjahfsd Fjldjsf

    Just tell us when the battery is fully charged after 100% is completed? in ios 6 the battery icon gets bolder with a switch sign into it which means the battery is fully charged. What is the indication like this in ios 7?

  • 320

    I think I’d like to have the plug icon displayed when my phone’s done charging, ’cause then I know it’s really finished, and not just charging past the meter’s inaccurate reading. Maybe they made the meter stay at 99% until it’s done charging, though. I wouldn’t be surprised, because my phone has been staying at 99% for a ~while~ when I charge it.

  • Kritin Maddireddy

    iOS 7 battery symbol is awesome

  • Kritin Maddireddy

    Hey I am a kid!