There have long been rumors that this year’s iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have an always-on display. Similar screens have been seen on Android phones, but this will be the first time Apple has adopted the new technology. The iPhone 14’s always-on display is demonstrated in detail in a recent video posted on social media, despite Apple not officially confirming the rumors.
A new video displays the always-on display on the iPhone 14
Here's how the iPhone 14 Pro's always-on display will work… 👀📱
Rather than being completely black with just the date/time like on Android, your wallpaper will fade out and still be visible.
— AppleTrack (@appltrack) July 29, 2022
The always-on display on the iPhone 14 will be different from the ones we’ve seen on Android handsets, according to the video. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will also display a toned-down version of the wallpaper rather than completely blacking out the screen and simply stating the phone’s clock.
The display will dim dramatically, but any widgets and lock screen entities you’ve configured will still appear visible. Additionally, 9to5Mac discovered code in iOS 16 that supports system wallpapers that make use of the always-on display. Later this year, the next iOS version will be made available alongside the iPhone 14 series.
People with keen eyes noticed the new wallpaper sleep feature in the latest iOS 16 beta. The system wallpapers now provide a “Sleep” function based on code introduced in Beta 4. That feature seems to be connected to the always-on display mode of the iPhone 14 Pro. The code is there in iOS 16, but not all iPhone models will have access to it.
Only on iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max
The way Apple currently operates the Apple Watch is very similar to the approach taken by the always-on display. The availability of an always-on display that doesn’t unnecessarily deplete your battery is one of the significant grounds of contention surrounding this technology. This seems to be one of Apple’s main priorities, and from what we can see, it may have managed to do that.
It might not seem battery-efficient to have the iPhone 14’s always-on display dim and show the complete background. The gadget’s display, however, also appears to be capable of a refresh rate as low as 1Hz. Apple might then be able to provide an always-on display that uses little power to maintain proper operation.
The tech giant would then be able to offer a particular always-on display solution that doesn’t drain your battery. Naturally, that would also explain why we do not anticipate that anything other than the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will support the always-on display. Higher-end displays on those gadgets will be capable of a low refresh rate.