Hints of iPhone 14 Pro Always-On Display Found in iOS 16 Code

Ahead of the Worldwide Developers Conference, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said that he expected the new iOS 16 operating system to support a future always-on display feature for the iPhone 14 Pro, and as it turns out, the ‌iOS 16‌ code suggests the always-on display is indeed going to be implemented.

iOS 14 Always on Display Feature
There are multiple references to an always-on display in ‌iOS 16‌, as highlighted by 9to5Mac. There are a trio of new frameworks related to backlight management, a necessary part of an always-on display function. The frameworks mention an always-on display and are used by the Lock Screen and Springboard, suggesting that these mentions are not related to the existing Apple Watch always-on display.

The site says that there are also hidden flags within ‌iOS 16‌ that allow Apple engineers to use the always-on display capability for testing purposes.

An always-on display has been rumored since always-on technology came to the Apple Watch, and it is a highly desired feature. It would let users see the time and other key iPhone information without needing to activate the screen.

The ProMotion displays planned for the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max are rumored to be capable of dropping to as low as 1Hz (down from 10Hz) to enable the always-on functionality without deeply impacting battery life.

Always-on display technology is likely going to be limited to the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max because the standard iPhone 14 models are not expected to get the ProMotion displays necessary for the feature to work.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16, iPhone 14 Pro
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Top Rated Comments

tothemoonsands Avatar
9 months ago
I've always wanted my phone display to be on when it is in my pocket.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ipedro Avatar
9 months ago
It became clear once the new Lock Screen was unveiled. The customizable date, time and widgets are designed in line art, the more energy efficient type of drawing.

It's possible that notifications and Live Events will contain a line art version in the API so that developers can display sports scores at the bottom of the screen and update them as the event progresses or Uber can show an always on version of their Live Events widget, with the car status and license plate.

The lit up items will most likely be dimmer than the lead image of this article shows. It's probably going to look more like this:

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Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
9 months ago
“My battery life gets killed using AOD” (mac rumors iphone forum 2023)
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
9 months ago

“My battery life gets killed using AOD” (mac rumors iphone forum 2023)
Well... I'm sure you can just "Turn off" the feature. Another easy fix :)
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
desslr Avatar
9 months ago
like my Apple Watch, I’ll turn it straight off for even better battery life
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
9 months ago
I'm glad. It has finally made its way. Always on Display for life. Won’t have to worry about missing a notification now. I just hope it does not kill the battery life.

Personally, I think they should add this feature on iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max too. But I get it... Apple wants you to upgrade and get a new iPhone this year.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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