Apple's upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could finally have an always-on display. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple may launch this feature in iOS 16, allowing the iPhone to display a limited amount of information even when locked.
According to Gurman, the always-on version of the iPhone may work similarly to the Apple Watch Series 5 and higher.
When always-on mode is enabled on iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, the frame rate of the lock screen will decrease, allowing them to conserve energy while the screen is on.
It's unclear whether the upcoming iPhone will feature the same low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) display found in Apple's latest Watch models. These low-power displays are essential for the always-on mode to work properly, as they are designed to prevent gadgets from consuming too much power.
Analysts expected the iPhone 13 to feature an LTPO display to enable the always-on display last year.
Always-on mode is already supported by many Android devices and has been used for a long time. Always-on displays, for example on certain Samsung devices, can show the time, battery level, widgets and more when the phone is locked.
According to Gurman, iOS 16 will include comparable features, such as wallpapers with "widget-like capabilities." The always-on display isn't the only feature said to be limited to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, with previous reports suggesting that Apple may only ship two premium devices with the new A16 CPU.
On June 6, Apple is expected to announce a number of new updates at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Gurman predicts that Apple will improve the iPad's windowing and multitasking capabilities over past estimates. Citing developer Steve Troughton, Smith's results suggest that Apple is working on a function that would allow users to freely resize windows.