The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max come with a always visible and now there is evidence 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 refresh rate of 120 Hz, allowing the screen to refresh twice as fast as 60 Hz displays, so moving content looks smoother and faster.
Since high refresh rates are a battery hog, Apple has equipped the phones with its low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) technology that allows for a dynamic refresh rate that changes depending on what’s on the screen.
One limitation is that the phones are only able to lower 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 screens that have a refresh rate of 1 Hz, and this bodes well for the always-on screen rumors.
iOS 16 introduced a customizable lock screen and this is more proof that Apple is set the stage for the position. Already present on the Apple Watch Series 5 and later models, it allows you to view comprehensive information such as the time, even when the wearable is asleep.
On the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, the always-on functionality will likely allow you to view widgets that display battery levels, alarms, weather, calendars, and other information while keeping the screen at a low brightness level. It is possible to enable a setting to hide sensitive data from displaying on the lock screen.
iPhone 14 Pro always-on feature could be more exciting than Android implementation
a month ago, code snippets revealed that iOS 16 has support for 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 iOS 16 code that system wallpapers are all set for the Always-on Display feature. Always-on has been a staple on Android handsets for years and how it works is the screen goes black but you can still 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”, which has dimmed elements. The outlet notes that wallpapers in sleep mode are similar to Apple Watch faces when always-on is enabled.
It seems that when users turn off the iPhone 14 Pro screen, it turns on the sleep version. 9to5Mac was successful in reproducing the behavior.
That means the wallpaper will still be slightly visible in always-on mode and the screen will likely also show the clock and widgets and return to full brightness when the phone is unlocked.
In addition to being able to quickly see information when the phone is locked, the always-on screen also helps conserve battery life, which would be great considering the Pros are said to be about the same capacities as the outgoing models.
The regular models – the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max – will reportedly have 60Hz screens, excluding the possibility of always-on support.
The 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max are also likely to boast a new chip, faster RAM, higher resolution rear camera and new front design. These upgrades can help them to best phones of the year.
All models have been tipped to get an improved selfie camera, and the normies could have more RAM than their 2021 counterparts. Apparently, Apple will unveil the new devices in September.