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Apple today seeded the fifth beta of iOS 16 to developers for testing purposes, introducing some small but notable changes to the iOS operating system.


We've rounded up everything new in the fifth beta below.

Battery Percentage in Status Bar

The battery icon in the status bar now displays the exact battery percent, a feature that can be toggled on in the Battery section of the Settings app.

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Battery level is available on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, with the exception of the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini. It is also available on the iPhone X and XS, but not the iPhone 11 or the iPhone XR.

Battery percent has not been available on iPhones that have a notch for years now because of space constraints, so this is a welcome change for many iPhone users. Prior to now, checking for exact battery percentage had to be done by swiping into Control Center or using the battery widget.

New Find My Sound

When you use the "Play Sound" option in the Find My app for one of your devices, iPhone models have a new sound that plays. It's a bit louder and it is distinct from the sound available with prior versions of iOS 16.

New Sound When Pinging iPhone from Apple Watch

When you swipe up on the Apple Watch to get to the Control Center, if you tap on the iPhone icon to ping your iPhone to locate it, you'll hear a new sound. It is the same sound as the new Find My sound.

Lock Screen Now Playing Visualizer

The third beta of iOS 16 added a full-screen music player, and the fifth beta introduces a live mini visualizer.

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Perspective Zoom

The Perspective Zoom feature has been removed for Lock Screen wallpapers. The toggle to disable it has also been removed.

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It may be re-added in a future beta, as it is a feature that has been available on iPhones for some time.

Music App

Apple has slightly tweaked where Dolby Atmos and Lossless indicators are displayed. The information is now right next to genre, rather than below the Play and Shuffle buttons.

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Screenshots

When you take a screenshot, edit it, and then tap on "Done," there is a new option to "Copy and Delete" the screenshot rather than just delete it.

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Emergency Call

When you press and hold on the side button or rapidly press to get to the emergency screen, "Emergency SOS" has been renamed "Emergency Call."

Other New Features

Know of a new feature in iOS 16 beta 5 that we left out? Let us know in the comments below.

Article Link: Everything New in iOS 16 Beta 5: Battery Percentage in Status Bar, Find My Changes and More
 
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Smith288

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I was seeing the Assistive Touch icon never going away after trying to dismiss it with the lock triple click. This beta fixes that.
 

yanksfan114

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In what way is the mini visualizer new? All you had to do in previous betas was tap the large album playing cover and it would minimize.
 

compwiz1202

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Font looks a little small, even on 13PM. Might be nice if they make a way to keep the number color black all the time. Also still no keyboard haptics. I get the haptic feedback when I toggle the haptics on and off, but not when I type.
 
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