Many Android phones and even recent Apple smartwatch models come with a feature called the always-on display that allows you to view information such as the time and date, even when a device is sleeping. Last year’s iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max were briefly said to have this functionality, but it didn’t materialize. Luckily for those iPhone users waiting for the feature, chances are it will introduced with the iPhone 14.
The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max feature low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) technology that provides a dynamic refresh rate that changes depending on what you’re watching. For example, a faster 120Hz rate is only enabled when needed, such as when you’re playing a game or watching a video.
Those phones are only able to drop the refresh rate to 10 Hz, and a recent leak had said the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max would be able to go down to 1 Hz. This could pave the way for the always-on mode, according to display industry analyst Ross Young.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman
confirmed that rumor. Apple’s 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off next month and this is where Apple will introduce iOS 16. Gurman writes that iOS 16, codenamed Sydney, will be a major upgrade and will be “packed with changes to the operating system, including updates to notifications, iPad multitasking, and the Messages and Health apps.”
He also claims that Apple also plans to upgrade the lock screen interface and possibly introduce wallpapers with widget-like capabilities. Also on the cards is the always-on functionality, which allows you to view basic information and possibly notifications, even when the phone is locked.
Unsurprisingly, this feature is exclusive to the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max, which are codenamed D73 and D74 respectively. That’s apparently because the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch 14 Max won’t have the LTPO technology needed to lower the refresh rate.
Gurman also reiterates that the Pro models will ditch the notch in favor of pill and pinhole cutouts and will feature a new 48MP rear camera. He also claims that these models will be powered by the new A16 chip, which according to a few recent leaks will be manufactured using the 5nm process.
The entire lineup can also get satellite connectivity, allowing you to send emergency messages when cellular connectivity isn’t available.
Apple will probably de iPhone 14 line in September alongside the Apple Watch Series 8.