Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicted that the new iOS 16 operating system will enable a future always-on display option for the iPhone 14 Pro before the Worldwide Developers Conference, and the iOS 16 code confirms that the feature will be implemented.
According to 9to5Mac, there are many allusions to an always-on display in iOS 16. There are three new frameworks for backlight control, which is a vital aspect of an always-on display. The frameworks describe an always-on display and are utilized by the Lock Screen and Springboard, implying that these references are unrelated to the Apple Watch’s current always-on display.
According to the source, there are also secret flags in iOS 16 that allow Apple developers to test the always-on display capabilities.
Since the Apple Watch introduced always-on technology, an always-on display has been speculated, and it is a much-desired feature. Users will be able to see the time and other important iPhone data without having to activate the screen.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max’s ProMotion screens are reported to be capable of dipping to as low as 1Hz (down from 10Hz) to allow always-on capability without significantly reducing battery life.
Because the normal iPhone 14 models are not expected to acquire the ProMotion screens required for the functionality to work, always-on display technology will most likely be confined to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.