The iPhone 14 Pro models were rumoured to get always-on display, and now there’s an Xcode to back that up. The latest Xcode beta 4 reveals that the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro will get an always-on display and offers a peek at how it could work.
iOS developer @rhogelleim noted that the SwiftUI preview shows that the always-on display behaves differently, wherein the lock screen widgets become somewhat transparent. Additionally, MacRumors spotted the Xcode 14 beta with a new Lock Screen interface which increases the transparency of on-screen widgets. This means that the iPhone 14 Pro models could eliminate details from Lock Screen content when the iPhone is locked and the always-on display is enabled.
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Always-on technology allows the phone to display notifications, time, battery status, and other details while consuming less battery power. It shows relevant information to the user without having to unlock the phone. The latest Apple Watch models feature always-on display, with the screen brightness set to low to save battery life.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are rumoured to sport always-on displays as they support variable refresh rates ranging from 1Hz to 120Hz. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman had predicted back in May that iOS 16 will support always-on display, which will be coming to iPhone 14 Pro models. He predicted that the iPhone 14 Pro’s LTPO screen will support the always-on feature. This capability will decrease the frame rate to conserve battery life.
It is speculated that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models will come with a new hole-punch and pill cutout. They are touted to replace the notch and house all of the FaceID sensors. The iPhone 14 Pro is reported to be powered by the A16 Bionic CPU.