Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says in his latest Power On newsletter that iOS 16 may finally include an always-on display feature for the future iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This long-awaited feature was rumored to arrive with the iPhone 13 Pro, but it appears that Apple’s next flagship phone could include it.
Gurman writes in his newsletter:
I’m told iOS 16 builds in future support for an always-on lock screen, something Apple was originally planning for last year’s iPhone 13. This would allow the iPhone to turn down the frame rate significantly on the lock screen and display quickly glanceable information – similar to newer Apple Watches.
According to the journalist, “the always-on display mode is a feature exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models (…) if the feature ever makes the cut.”
For context, a report in December 2020 suggested that an always-on mode could be introduced thanks to the LTPO display.
Gurman Also Mentions ”Apple is planning to apply LTPO TFT to higher-tier iPhone models launching next year. It has used the low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) TFT process so far. An oxide TFT process will be added to become LPTO TFT. LTPO panels allow variable refresh rates. Dropping the refresh rate down to an extremely low rate means it uses a lot less power, which is what enables the always-on display on the Apple Watch Series 5”
Apple finally added a 120Hz panel with a refresh rate with the iPhone 13 Pro, but it varies between 10Hz and 120Hz, unlike the Apple Watch, which can also update the refresh rate once every minute.
The always-on display feature would also be a welcome addition to the iPhone 14 Pro line, especially since a redesign with a new hole-punch + pill cutout to replace the notch is expected.
In addition to the always-on display, the rumored iPhone 14 Pro is expected to include the A16 Bionic chip and a 48-megapixel rear camera.
Source – 9To5Mac
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