Rumors of an always-on iPhone display go back several years. But it seems that Apple will finally debut the feature in its upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. As discovered by 9to5Macthe latest iOS 16 beta has several references to an always-on display, including some wallpapers optimized for always-on display mode.
The wallpaper shown by 9to5Mac is quite interesting. It appears that the iPhone 14 Pro dims wallpapers in always-on mode to save battery life, similar to how the feature works on the Apple Watch. Presumably, custom wallpapers look very similar to this official wallpaper when always-on display is enabled.
Frustratingly, this feature might be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. But the exclusivity kind of makes sense. Existing iPhone display panels cannot run at 1Hz, meaning an always-on display eats away at battery life without a display upgrade. This upgrade makes sense on the pricier iPhone 14 models, which ditch the Face ID notch for a pair of hole punch sensors.
And if the rumors are true, Apple’s entry-level iPhone 14 will use last year’s processor. It seems Apple is holding back the standard iPhone 14 on purpose – something that could help the Pro models stand out and Reducing Manufacturing Costs Amid Global Economic Uncertainty.
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