This year’s iPhone 13 may be the first to include an always-on display, but the feature may only be available to the most costly versions.
Apple is expected to bring a long-awaited feature to the next generation of its phones. The upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to be announced to the public with the always-on display, a tool that has been found on Android phones for years. That’s what Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman tells us this Sunday (29).
The revelation appeared in the Power On newsletter. According to Gurman, iOS 16 can bring improvements in notifications and other news. But one of the functions that should draw the attention of users would be aimed at the successors of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, which tend to be announced in September.
The duo should hit stores with support for the always-on display. In case you’re not aware, it’s a function to show some necessary information, like time and notifications, while the screen is off. In this case, the OLED panel fires only the pixels needed to make the display without expending too much power.
The feature, it is worth remembering, is not new in the Apple universe. Since the Apple Watch Series 5 , the brand’s watches have allowed the screen to stay on continuously to show the time and the like. And it is precisely this experience that should be carried over to the company’s future smartphones.
The system is expected to function similarly to clocks. If the bet comes true, cell phones will possibly reduce the refresh rate to prevent the panel from being updated many times per second. Thus, battery consumption will be lower, despite the panel being active continuously.
It is worth remembering that the iPhone 13 almost won the feature in 2021.
With a delay, iPhone 14 Pro may have an always-on display
The always-on display is an amazing feature. Through it, users can choose some important information to be displayed on the dashboard without having to trigger it completely. In other words: you don’t need to press the lock and unlock button on the side just to see the time – just look at the display.
This feature is quite old, and I honestly don’t understand how Apple hasn’t implemented it sooner. Of course, it’s much better to use it on OLED screens than on LCD panels. But some manufacturers, such as Motorola, were already using the feature in entry-level phones. This is the case of the Moto G8 Play, which was launched in 2019 for R$1,099.
Samsung has also been offering this feature for a long time. And I remember very well 2018 when I put my old iPhone 5S aside after buying a Galaxy A8 and was surprised by the function. After all, I didn’t need to fire up the screen every time I wanted to know the time, see if I got a new message, and the like.
Of course, this does not invalidate the increment; the update is very welcome and important. However, Apple should release the feature on all older phones through a software update. At least on models with an OLED screen, including the Conventional and Mini editions of the iPhone 12 and 13.