Despite the space vacated by the notch, iPhone 13 has no battery percentage

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What you need to know

  • Apple's iPhone 13 won't display a battery percentage despite having more space.
  • It had been hoped that the smaller notch would mean Apple would put a battery percentage in the status bar.

Despite hopes that a smaller notch would mean more space for it, iPhone 13 will not display a battery percentage. And that's a real bummer.

The new iPhones all have a smaller notch that should allow for Apple's iOS to display a battery percentage at all times. And while it does appear that there is space, the Xcode Simulator suggests that even on an iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple isn't giving us what we want. iPhone 13 Pro Max might be the best iPhone ever made — but it's still missing a feature many would love to see.

Apple does provide an option to enable a battery percentage reading on iPhones that don't have a notch, and the notch is so big on existing devices that it's easy to see why it might not be an option there. But with the notch shrinking many had hoped — and maybe assumed — that Apple would bring that particular feature back.

That disappointment aside, the new iPhones will surely be popular. They'll be available for pre-order this coming Friday, September 17, and then go on sale next Friday, September 24. The new iPad and iPad mini will go on sale the same day, while the refreshed Apple Watch Series 7 will arrive later this fall. Apple hasn't told anyone when that will actually be, however.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.