When Apple launches its next high-end phones, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, it looks like the new phones will be a step ahead of the company’s smallest screen, the Apple Watch. According to Mark Gurman in his latest Power On newsletter, this year’s Pro iPhones will have an always-on display.
By the way, just like the Apple Watch Series 7 and many Android phones, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max also display information on the screen at all times. You no longer have to tap the screen to see the time, which many of us do every day, more often than we think.
On the Apple Watch, this means the full-brightness face fades to something less bright but still visible, allowing for a sly look at the clock under the desk, say, in a boring meeting. With this new telephone function, you can, for example, take a look at the clock under the desk in a boring meeting. This new phone feature lets you cast your gaze to the iPhone 14 Pro on the table and see the time. Apple has already shown us that iOS 16 will have redesigned lock screens with more information displayed via widgets.
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I also suspect the clock’s solid digits are switching to hollowed out numbers, which are still easy to see but use less battery power. Note that the new iOS 16 lock screen clocks tend to have thicker digits that are easier to gouge. For me, this new design is the clearest indication that always-on is coming. Hollowed font is how Apple does it on some Watch displays, so it seems likely that it will be replicated on the phone I think. This has the benefit of showing an always-on screen unlike any other phone.
Additionally, the new widgets are almost all monochrome, so would look pretty good on an always-on screen, right? With Android phones, always-on displays tend to only tell the time, and digital indications of how many emails, texts, or other notifications have arrived go unread. There are exceptions, notably Huawei’s P50 Pro for example with cute, colorful animations sometimes playing on the screen.
Of course, the essence of the always-on screen is that it’s only worth it if it doesn’t significantly drain the battery. Has Apple figured out a way to keep a graphically interesting display without sacrificing valuable battery life? It may be that the iPhone 14 Pro‘s display can slow the refresh rate down to as low as 1Hz instead of the 10Hz minimum on the iPhone 13 Pro. This may be enough to save battery life.
On the Apple Watch, it’s that system, meaning the watch faces in always-on standby mode don’t let the second hand spin around, so the watch face is static. Something similar will certainly be used on the iPhone 14 Pro, assuming it comes about. Apple never worries about not being the first to introduce a feature, but the company will likely want an always-on screen that outperforms its rivals.
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