The annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2022) hosted by Apple is less than a week away. Apple’s announcements in the field of software for iOS and macOS devices are made at WWDC. This includes the iPhone maker’s upcoming iOS 16. Mark Gurman recently wrote a column for Bloomberg in which he shared some insights into what Apple is working on right now.
According to Gurman, Apple is planning “significant enhancements” for iOS 16, including wallpapers with “widget-like features.” He goes on to say that iOS 16 will have an always-on lock screen as well. This feature is only expected to be available on the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 Pro’s LTPO screen will be used for the always-on feature, which decreases the frame rate to save battery life.
Gurman says, “I’m told iOS 16 builds in future support for an always-on lock screen, something Apple was originally planning for last year’s iPhone 13. This would allow the iPhone to turn down the frame rate significantly on the lock screen and display quickly glanceable information – similar to newer Apple Watches”.
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Apple’s future high-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models (codenamed D73 and D74 respectively) are rumoured to include the new hole-punch and pill cutout, which will replace the notch and house all of the FaceID sensors. An A16 Bionic CPU and a 48-megapixel camera are also expected in the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro.
The iPhone 13 Pro already has a 120Hz display, wherein the refresh rate varies between 10 and 120Hz. This is unlike the Apple Watch, which can change the refresh rate once every minute. The rumoured Always-On-Display functionality will be a great addition, if it makes it into the final iOS 16 update. For perspective, this feature has long been available on Android handsets, and it has finally made its way to budget smartphones as well.