Apple iOS 16
apple announced New iPhone software, iOS 16, during the Developers Conference on Monday. New lock screen customization options suggest that at least one of this year’s new iPhones will get a feature that Android phones have had for years: an always-on display.
Apple’s iOS 16 software, which is in beta and will be released to everyone this fall, allows you to add all kinds of things to your lock screen. So, you can quickly view the weather, AirPods battery status, upcoming calendar events, and more. Although, on your current iPhone, you still have to tap the power button to turn on the screen.
But, if Apple adds an always-on display to its next iPhone, it will just let you look at the new lock screen on your phone while it’s sitting at your desk. This is something Samsung, Google, and other Android phone makers have been doing on phones for years. Apple has been against adding this option, perhaps to focus instead on longer battery life. An always-on display can slowly drain the battery, even if the screen is very dim.
This is the always-on display mode, which dims the screen to save battery life.
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Apple Watch Series 5 and later models offer always-on displays, and they work just fine. On the watch, you can look down and see the time, temperature, and certain apps, like Maps, even when the screen isn’t fully on or bright. It’s in a dim condition so you can still use the watch without having to move your wrist to wake it up.
The new iPhone might work the same way, displaying the basic information you chose to put on the lock screen, without requiring you to wake the phone up to its full brightness.
Bloomberg said it’s an Apple feature Already planning to add the high-end models expected this fall to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This means that it may not be available on the iPhone 14. But it could be an attractive enough feature that people will want to spend more on the Pro models.