Apple could finally bring an always-on display to the next iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. According to a report of Bloombergby Mark GurmanApple may introduce the feature with iOS 16, allowing the iPhone to display a limited amount of information even when locked.
Gurman says the iPhone’s version of always-on mode could work the same as with the Apple Watch Series 5 and above – the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will reduce the screen frame rate by lock with always-on mode, letting them save power while the screen stays on. It’s unclear if the new iPhone will use the same low temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) display Apple uses in new watch models. These low-power displays play an important role in keeping always-on mode running smoothly, as they are designed to prevent devices from consuming too much power.
Last year, analysts predicted that the iPhone 13 would come with an LTPO display to enable always-on display. A number of Android devices already support always-on mode, and have done so for many years. On some Samsung devices, for example, the always-on display can show the time, battery level, widgets, etc., while the phone remains locked.
Gurman expects iOS 16 to come with similar features, including wallpapers with “widget-like capabilities.” The always-on display isn’t the only feature said to be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, as past leaks indicate that Apple can only include its new A16 chip with the two high-end devices.
Apple is set to announce a number of other changes at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 6. In line with previous predictions, Gurman thinks Apple could introduce improved windowing and multitasking features to the iPad. He quotes discoveries from developer Steve Troughton-Smith, which recently discovered that Apple may be working on a feature that allows users to freely resize windows. Apple might also overhaul some of its apps — in addition to adding new audio features to Messages, Gurman predicts Apple will revamp its System Preferences menu to make it more like the Settings app on iOS.
With WWDC just over a week away, we won’t have to wait much longer to see how many of these predictions come true.