Apple recently announced its new iPhone software, iOS 16, at its developer conference. The 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 available to everyone this fall, lets you add all sorts of things to the lock screen. So you can quickly check the weather, the battery status of your AirPods, upcoming calendar events and more. On a current iPhone, however, you still have to press the power button to turn on the screen.
But, if Apple adds an always-on display to its next iPhone, it’ll let you peek at your new lock screen on your phone while it’s sitting on your desk. It’s something that Samsung, Google, and other Android phone makers have included for years. Apple resisted adding this option, perhaps instead to focus on longer battery life. An always-on display can slowly drain the battery, even if the screen is much darker.
This is always-on display mode, which dims the screen to save battery power.
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The Apple Watch Series 5 and newer models offer always-on displays and they work well. On the watch, you can look down and see the time, temperature, and some apps, like maps, even when the screen isn’t fully on or illuminated. It sits in a dark state so you can still use the watch without having to move your wrist to wake it up.
A new iPhone can work the same way, displaying the key information you’ve chosen to put on the lock screen, without requiring you to wake the phone to full brightness.
Bloomberg said this is a feature Apple already plans to add to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, the high-end models expected this fall. That means it might not be available on the standard iPhone 14. But it might be a feature that’s attractive enough to make people want to spend more on the Pro models.