Beta

Here’s what’s new and different in iOS 16 beta 5

iOS 16 features

Earlier today, Apple seeded the fifth beta of iOS 16 to developers. And, as is par for the course, the new seed also includes a few new tweaks to the formula. Nothing is quite set in stone, and some of these new elements may not make it to the final cut when the software launches to the public later this year.

Apple reinstates the battery percentage in the status bar with the latest iOS 16 beta

When Apple introduced the iPhone X, it also took something away: the battery percentage present in the status bar. This used to be a handy feature, making it easy to see just how much battery life remained in your iPhone at a glance. Especially if you prefer percentages. But, Apple removed it, and, up until today, it didn't appear that the company was too ken on bringing it back.

Here’s what’s new and different in iOS 16 beta 4

iOS 16 features

As we march towards the eventual arrival of the iOS 16 update, Apple is still seeding beta versions of the software to help prepare developers for what's to come. To that end, we've got a brand new beta seeded today and, along with it, some new features and changes for the prerelease software.

Apple seeds first iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 betas to public beta testers

A scene from the June 6 WWDC 2022 keynote, with Apple's software chief Craig Federighi standing in front of a slide showcasing the iOS 16 icon

Apple introduced iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 back in June, during the keynote for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference. Right after that event wrapped up, the company seeded the first developer betas for the upcoming software updates. Which means public beta testers have had to wait until July to get their chance with the prerelease software. The good news is, the wait is over.