Despite a smaller notch, the iPhone 13 line won’t show users the battery percentage in the status bar, or at least, not by default, according to the iPhone 13 simulator built into Xcode.
The entire iPhone 13 series features a smaller notch, which allows for more space to view content. While many customers may have hoped that a smaller notch would lead to Apple showing the battery percentage in the status bar, that doesn’t seem to be the case, at least for now.
As noted on Twitter, the Xcode 13 simulator for iPhone 13 Pro Max shows the status bar with no battery percentage, despite the large space to move the signal and the Wi-Fi bars to the left. While the simulator in the Xcode 13 release candidate, released after yesterday’s event, shows no battery percentage, Apple could offer it as an option within the Settings.
Apple is unlikely to enter the battery percentage in the status bar without users being able to turn it off. With older iPhones that don’t have a notch, Apple includes an option in settings to turn the percentage on or off, and similar playback could be in store with the iPhone 13. Although it’s worth noting that none of the updated iPhone 13 or iOS 15 marketing images represent that as a possibility.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will begin shipping to customers on Friday, September 24, but we expect reviews and hands-on impressions of the devices to be released sooner. These reviews and impressions will give us a definitive answer as to whether Apple will finally allow customers to show the battery percentage in the status bar, rather than having to drag down in the right corner of the screen.