iPhone 14 always-on display will work with iOS 16’s new lock screen widgets

Rumors leading up to WWDC 2022 indicated that the iPhone 14 series would bring a permanent feature to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro this year. Next, Apple unveiled a new lock screen experience for iOS 16. The new feature allows users to configure various lock screens that can contain multiple widgets and sync with focus modes. This is in addition to the various visual customizations available for the lock screen.

A new report from a well-known insider doubles down on the always-on functionality of the iPhone 14 Pro models, claiming that the new always-on screens will work with lock screen widgets.

The deluge of novelties from Apple

In a new edition of his To light up newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said Apple is about to embark on “one of the most ambitious new product periods in its history.”

The “flood” is coming between the fall of 2022 and the first half of 2023. The insider, often specific with his Apple scoops, says that Apple will launch several products in its various product lines during this time.

It could start with the new iPhone 14 series and the always-on feature, but Apple’s plans are much bigger than that. The company is said to be readying updates for everything in its lineup, including iPad, iPad Pro, Mac and MacBook, AirPods Pro, HomePod and Apple TV. In addition to this, Apple will also launch its first AR/VR headset during the period.

The iPhone 14 series will be the most important product of the group, however.

iOS 16 lock screen redesign. Image source: Apple

How iPhone 14 Pro always-on display will work

Gurman says the main new feature of the iPhone 14 series is always-on display. The feature will however be limited to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This is because always-on screens can drain battery life. Therefore, they will benefit from the ProMotion screens available on the Pro models.

These are screens that offer a dynamic refresh rate. For the iPhone 14 Pro, previous reports indicated that ProMotion would operate between 1Hz and 120Hz. iPhone 13 Pro models only go down to 10Hz. Pro models from last year should not support functionality still active.

Gurman didn’t explain the hardware requirements for the always-on experience, focusing on how the feature will work on iPhone 14 Pro models. Always-on display will show lock screen widgets, just like the Apple Watch. The screen remains at low brightness and frame rate in the process.

The always-on display will also have built-in privacy features. Like the Apple Watch, this will prevent sensitive data from appearing on the lock screen for others to see.

Separately, the iOS 16 beta 1 code already supports claims that Apple is working on an always-on feature for the iPhone 14.

Close-up of Apple's supposed pill and hole notch replacement for the iPhone 14 Pro.
Close-up of Apple’s supposed pill and hole notch replacement for the iPhone 14 Pro. Image source: Front Page Tech

Other iPhone 14 Features

Gurman also repeated some of the iPhone 14 claims we’ve heard so far this year. Pro models will get an upgraded front selfie camera that sits inside the circular “punch-hole” display aperture. The Face ID system will be placed inside the pill-shaped opening.

The rear camera will also get a significant upgrade in the form of a 48-megapixel sensor. The iPhone 14 Pro will also feature thinner bezels and a faster A16 chip. Some of these features will definitely be more interesting than the always-on display feature of the iPhone 14 series.

The new Pro models are codenamed D73 and D74, with Gurman saying they will be the “big story” this year.

Regular iPhone 14 handsets will get the same A15 chip as the iPhone 13. However, the phones will come in the same two sizes as the Pro models.


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