Apple may offer an always-on screen feature across the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models, according to a report by Bloomberg journalist Mark Gorman.
The company could introduce the feature with iOS 16, allowing the iPhone to display a limited amount of information even when it’s locked.
Gorman says the iPhone’s Always On Display feature can work similarly to the way it does with Apple Watch Series 5 and later.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max reduce the lock screen frame rate while enabling always-on screen mode, allowing them to conserve battery life while the screen remains on.
It is not clear if the new iPhone uses the same LTPO display that Apple uses in its new smartwatch model.
These low power demands play a big role in making the Always On Display feature work properly, as they are designed to prevent devices from consuming too much power.
Analysts last year expected the iPhone 13 to come with an LTPO display to enable the always-on feature.
A number of Android devices have supported this feature for years. On some Samsung devices, for example, the Always On display can display the time, battery level, widgets, and more, all while the phone is turned off.
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Gorman expects iOS 16 to come with similar functionality, including wallpapers with widget-like capabilities.
It is reported that the always-on display is not the only feature that is said to be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Previous leaks suggest that Apple may include the new A16 chip with only the two flagship devices.
And the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is still about a week away. This is the event when the company defines its software strategy for the coming year.
Apple is scheduled to announce a number of other changes at the WWDC conference on June 6.
In line with previous expectations, Gorman believes that Apple could offer improved multi-window and multitasking features across the iPad.
He cites the findings of developer Steve Troton-Smith. And the developer recently discovered that Apple might be developing a feature that could let users resize windows freely.
The company can also fix some of its applications as well. Gorman expects Apple to revamp the System Preferences menu to make it more like the Settings app across iOS. In addition to adding new audio features to messages.