Apple’s next-generation flagship phones, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, may finally get the Always-On Display (AOD) feature with the upcoming iOS 16, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports.
The AOD functionality is widely available on almost all modern Android devices.
According to Gurman, the feature will be “exclusive” to Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. Apple is rolling out the AOD feature with the latest version of the iPhone’s operating system, iOS 16.
For inexperienced people, AOD is a smartphone feature that keeps displaying basic information like the time, date, notifications, missed calls and more while the phone sleeps. This feature is already available in Apple Watch Series 5 and later.
Apparently, Apple’s AOD feature was slated to debut with the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models. However, plans to launch the feature did not materialize and were delayed until the iPhone 14 series.
Instead, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max were released with support for a ProMotion display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which allows switching between the refresh rate of 10 Hz and 120 Hz depending on the display content.
This is possible thanks to the application of LTPO panel technology. The low temperature polycrystalline oxide (LPTO) display panels offer a variable refresh rate that starts at 1 Hz when the device is idle and goes up to the maximum of 120 Hz.
They drop the frame rates so low that it ends up consuming very less power while the always-on display function is activated. A recent leak claimed that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could go to 1Hz.
“I was told that iOS 16 will include support for an always-on lock screen in the future, which is something Apple originally planned for last year’s iPhone 13.
This would allow the iPhone to significantly lower the frame rate on the lock screen and quickly display concise information — comparable to newer Apple Watches,” Gurman wrote in the latest version of his “Power On” newsletter.
Gurman expects iOS 16 to bring several changes to the operating system, including updates to notifications, iPad multitasking, and the Messages and Health apps. The lock screen will apparently have wallpapers with “widget-like capabilities”.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are both rumored to feature Apple’s new A16 Bionic chipset, autofocus selfie camera, new hole punch + pill cutout to replace the notch, 48MP rear cameras, battery improvements, and more.
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is scheduled for June 6-11, where it is expected to unveil its new operating systems such as iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13. Stay tuned for more updates!