The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are suggested to come with a always-on screen and now evidence has emerged that the latest version of Apple’s smartphone operating system, iOS 16 includes updated wallpapers to work hand in hand with the feature.
Last year’s iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max were the first iPhones to feature a high 120Hz refresh rate to allow the screen to refresh twice as fast as 60Hz displays so moving content looks faster smooth and fast.
Since high refresh rates eat up a lot of battery power, Apple equipped the phones with Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide (LTPO) technology that enables a dynamic refresh rate that changes based on what’s on the screen.
One limitation is that the phones are only capable of lowering the refresh rate to 10Hz, which is presumably why they don’t have the always-on display feature.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are rumored to have displays that will allow a 1Hz refresh rate, and this bodes well for rumors of an always-on display.
iOS 16 has introduced a customizable lock screen and this is further proof that Apple is setting the stage for the performance. Now available on Apple Watch Series 5 and later, it lets you see visible information, like the time, even when the wearable device is idle.
On the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, the always-on functionality will presumably allow you to view widgets that display battery levels, alarms, weather, calendars, and other information while the screen remains at a low brightness level. It will be possible to enable a setting to hide sensitive data from appearing on the lock screen.
iPhone 14 Pro always-on feature could be more exciting than Android implementation
One month ago, The code snippets revealed that iOS 16 includes support for an always-on mode. It was also revealed that unlike previous versions, Apple’s new mobile platform includes wallpapers that are not static images but are rendered in real time.
9to5Mac has found evidence in iOS 16 code that system wallpapers are set to the always-on display feature. The always-on feature has been a staple on Android phones for years and works by going black on the screen but still allowing you to see the time, battery percentage and notifications. Apple will do things a little differently it seems.
Native wallpapers now have a new state called “Suspend” which has items grayed out. The outlet notes that wallpapers in sleep state are similar to Apple Watch faces when always-on mode is enabled.
It seems that when users turn off the iPhone 14 Pro screen, the sleep version will be enabled. 9to5Mac was successful in reproducing the behavior.
That means the wallpaper will still be somewhat visible in always-on mode and the screen will likely show the clock and widgets as well, returning to full brightness when the phone is unlocked.
As well as letting you see quick information when your phone is locked, the always-on display will also help extend battery life, which would be great as professionals are rumored to have about the Same capabilities as previous models.
The regular models, the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, will reportedly have 60Hz displays, ruling out the possibility of permanent support.
The 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max will also likely feature a new chip, faster RAM, higher resolution rear camera and new front design. These upgrades could help them become the best phones of the year
All models are designed to get an improved selfie camera and the standards could have more RAM than their 2021 counterparts. Apparently, Apple will reveal the new phones in September.