The next major version of the iPhone operating system,iOS 16 has introduced a revamped, customizable lock screen and this ties in with rumors that premium iPhone 14 models can use a always visible.
Already present on Apple Watch Series 5 and later models, this feature allows you to view comprehensive information such as the time, even when the watch is locked. It is rumored that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will get an improved version of the LTPO display of their predecessors, allowing the refresh rate to go all the way from 120Hz to 1Hz.
While a high refresh rate is great for games and videos, it doesn’t make sense when you’re watching static content. The refresh rate of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max can only be selected down to 10 Hz, which is apparently why they don’t always visible.
Mark Gurman says Apple has been working on iOS 16’s lock screen interface for a few years and will work hand-in-hand with iPhone 14 Pros always-on function.
As is the case with the Apple Watch, this functionality allows iPhone 14 Pro users to view widgets that display weather, calendars, activities, battery levels, alarms, and other data, while keeping the screen at a low brightness and frame rate. Rest assured, there will be a setting to ensure that sensitive data does not appear on the lock screen.
There is also a new feature called Live Activities that allows you to monitor in real time what is happening in real time, such as a food delivery order or a sports game, from the lock screen.
The iOS 16 developer beta is out now and the public beta will roll out in July. The new version will reportedly be released in September alongside the iPhone 14 and will work with iPhone 8 and newer models.
This year’s iPhone lineup will reportedly include the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Only the Pros will be powered by a new chip, which will be based on 5nm technology. The Pro Max can be supplied with a slightly smaller battery than its predecessor, although it is still expected to last longer. The always-on display should theoretically extend battery life as you don’t have to unlock the phone for tasks like checking the time or notifications.
These models will most likely also ditch the pill-shaped and hole-cut notch for the Face ID technology and the front-facing camera, respectively. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could also get a new 48MP main camera, which could help them get the best camera phones of the year. The premium variants may also have thinner bezels, a wider aspect ratio and larger camera bumps.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Max sound less exciting by comparison. They’re rumored to pack bigger batteries than their 2021 counterparts, and the entire series will likely have an upgraded front-facing camera.