The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are expected to come with one Always-on display
and now evidence has surfaced that the latest version of Apple’s smartphone operating system, iOS 16
includes updated background images to work with the feature hand in hand.
Last year’s iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max were the first iPhones with a high refresh rate of 120Hz, allowing the display to refresh twice as fast as 60Hz screens so moving content looks smoother and faster.
Since high refresh rates are a battery hog, Apple has equipped the phones with low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) technology, which enables a dynamic refresh rate that changes depending on the screen display.
One limitation is that the phones can only downscale the refresh rate to 10Hz, which is probably why they don’t have the always-on feature.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are rumored to have displays that are a 1Hz refresh rate
and that bodes well for the rumors of an always-on display.
iOS 16 introduced a customizable lock screen, and this is further proof that Apple is set the stage for the feature
. Already present on the Apple Watch Series 5 and later models, it allows you to see information like the time at a glance, even when the wearable is asleep.
On the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, the Always-On feature will presumably allow you to display widgets that show battery levels, alarms, weather, calendar, and other information while keeping the screen at a low brightness level. It will be possible to enable a setting to prevent sensitive data from being displayed on the lock screen.
iPhone 14 Pro’s always-on feature could be more exciting than Android’s implementation
A month before, code snippets
revealed that iOS 16 supports an always-on mode. It was also revealed that unlike the previous versions, Apple’s new mobile platform features wallpapers that are not static images and are instead rendered in real-time.
found evidence in the iOS 16 code that system wallpapers are all set for the always-on display feature. Always-on has been a staple of Android phones for years, and it works by allowing the screen to go black but still allowing you to see the time, battery percentage, and notifications. Apple will do things a little differently it seems.
The native wallpapers now have a new state called “Sleep” that includes dimmed items. The outlet notes that idle wallpapers resemble Apple Watch faces when Always-On is enabled.
It seems that when users turn off the iPhone 14 Pro screen, the sleep version is activated. 9to5Mac was able to successfully reproduce the behavior.
That means the wallpaper is still somewhat visible in always-on mode and the screen is likely to also show the clock and widgets, returning to full brightness when the phone is unlocked.
Not only does the always-on display show quick info when the phone is locked, but it also extends battery life, which would be great as rumor has it the pros have about those same capacities
like the outgoing models.
The regular models – the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max – will reportedly have 60Hz screens, which rules out the possibility of constant support.
The 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max will likely sport one as well new chip
, faster RAM, higher resolution rear camera and new front design. These upgrades could help them with that best phones of the year
are being tipped to get an upgraded selfie camera, and the Normalies could have more RAM than their 2021 counterparts. Apple will apparently unveil the new phones in September.