The developers are in luck and it seems that there are no holidays in Cupertino. Yesterday was beta day and the new betas of all the operating systems presented at WWDC22 were launched. This is beta 5 and it appears like this two weeks after the previous version. Let's start to analize what are the main novelties of beta 5 of iOS 16 that have transpired so far. Many of them unexpected.
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The battery percentage arrives (5 years later) in beta 5 of iOS 16
It is the star novelty of beta 5 of iOS 16. After the arrival of the iPhone X, Apple removed the battery percentage in the status bar. Five years later, it reintroduces this important number inside the battery icon in the status bar in beta 5 of iOS 16. It is an option that is activated or deactivated from the Battery Settings. Without a doubt, although unexpected, it is one of the most important novelties of this update.
However, all is not gold that glitters and Apple has limited the appearance of the percentage on some iPhones. The iPhones compatible with the option are iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone X and iPhone XS. Therefore, the iPhone 12 mini, the iPhone 13 mini, the iPhone 11 and the iPhone XR are left out.
New sounds in the Search app
If we think of a sound that is related to the Search app, the beep that we have always heard when we lost our iPhone always comes to mind. In beta 5 of iOS 16 the sound has been changed to a different one. It is a slightly louder sound.
You can hear the new sound in the video taken from 9to5mac, which has extracted the sound and published it on its official website. In fact, this new sound It is also the sound that the iPhone plays when we search for it from the Apple Watch control center.
New features in iOS 16 screenshots
A new feature comes to screenshots in this beta 5 of iOS 16. Until now when we took a screenshot, we could access to edit it. Once the edition was done, we could press “Done” and a series of options were displayed, among which was Delete, Save in Files, Save in Photos, etc. However, in the new version of iOS 16 for developers, the function is added “Copy and delete”.
In this way, we can momentarily copy the screenshot to the clipboard and delete it from the system. One more option added to iOS 16 screenshot settings.
Other less important news
The fifth beta also includes a new playback widget on the home screen. East new widget it is different from the one included in the third beta, which was a full screen playback. What is introduced in this beta 5 is a mini player that does not take up much space and shows all the information necessary to control playback from the home screen.
Settings have also been modified from the home screen, such as the removal of the option PerspectiveZoom that allowed to format the wallpaper. Therefore, only the Depth option is currently available within these settings.
On the other hand, a new place has been added to indicate the codecs compatible with a certain song, such as Loseless or Dolby Atmos. Now they appear next to the genre of the song, in small and with the logo of the codec itself.
Finally, the name given to the emergency call when we press the power button and the volume button for a few seconds has been modified. Now it's just plain Emergency Call.