Such an always-on display is practical, owners of an Apple Watch from Series 5 can report about it. iPhone users should now also benefit from this, provided they buy the new iPhone 14 Pro in autumn. Corresponding indications can already be found within iOS 16. Now Apple insider and Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman follows up and provides further details (source: Power-on-Newsletter).
iPhone 14 Pro: More details on the always-on display
According to the expert widgets displayed for the time beingbut sensitive data can probably also be excluded, Gurman puts it on the record (translated):
“Like the Apple Watch, the iPhone 14 Pro will be able to show widgets with weather, calendar, stock, activity and other data while keeping the screen at a low brightness and frame rate. And there will be a setting – also like the Apple Watch – to prevent sensitive data from being displayed on the lock screen for everyone to see.”
But that’s not all. That being said, the screen is expected to be able to view the time, date, and unread notification indicator. However, Apple will not force users to use the always-on display. If you want, you can and may of course deactivate the feature completely in the settings.
With iOS 16, Apple lays the foundation for the design of an always-on display:
Why Apple is limiting it to future devices alone
But why is the special screen reserved solely for the future iPhone 14 Pro? Here’s a guess. The iPhone 13 Pro already has a ProMotion display with a dynamic refresh rate, but Apple doesn’t seem to be enough. Display expert Ross Young claims to have learned that Apple will reduce the refresh rate to 1 Hz in the iPhone 14 Pro. Currently it only goes down to 10 Hz. Good to know: The lower the frequency, the less power is required. If the always-on display is not to become a battery killer, the screen must consume even less power accordingly.
We will find out in September whether the predictions made here are correct. Apple will then traditionally introduce the new iPhone models and launch them shortly thereafter.