The arrival of Always On Display for the upcoming iPhones has been around for a long time, but until recently we didn’t have many indications that Apple was actually preparing anything. Up to iOS 16 – in the latest beta of the system, new files have appeared that indicate the implementation of such a solution.
The tinted wallpaper is a taste of Always On Display
At the beginning of June, i.e. immediately after the presentation of the first test versions of iOS 16, many elements related to the Always On Display were found in the code of the new system. Apple has hidden information about this feature, including in the lock screen and springboard, i.e. the home screen and lock interface.
But that’s not the end of the surprises, because the fourth beta brings us more information about AOD. According to 9to5Mac, new versions of system wallpapers were in the system files, which were quite blacked out. You can see many similarities with the always-on-screen feature on the Apple Watch Series 5 or later.
The giant’s latest smartwatches always show a user-selected watch face too, but it’s simplified and fairly dimmed, with delicate animation showing when switching between modes. If we apply similar animation going from normal to gloomy iOS 16 background, it looks even more interesting.
For iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max only
Although Always On Display looks very promising, users may not be satisfied with the way it is implemented. As you can imagine, the new feature wasn’t mentioned at WWDC for a reason.
Apple wants it to be a differentiator on the upcoming 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max models. These smartphones are said to offer a ProMotion screen capable (similar to the display in Apple Watch Series 5 and newer) Reduce refresh to just 1Hz. As a reminder, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max can go down to a minimum of 10Hz.
Many owners of previous models will certainly be annoyed if the manufacturer decides not to make the Always On Display available to them as well. There are many voices on the network saying that this feature has very little impact on battery life.
Now that iOS 16 has stopped hiding its upcoming AoD, user pressure could increase even further. Whether Apple will give in to these demands is not entirely clear, but users of the base models and Mini and Max variants (without the Pro) should certainly not count on this novelty.