One of the most rumored and awaited features on the iPhone 14 pro models, the Always-On Display is finally here, and here’s how it works.
Apple’s all-new Always-on display allows a phone to display basic information like the date, time, and notifications even when it’s locked and resting on a table. All the widgets and additions that iOS 16 will bring to the iPhone 14 pro models, will remain visible on the always-on screen, even when the phone isn’t actively in use.
What’s more is that the iPhone will also continue to show your lock screen wallpaper, colors and all, just significantly dimmed down. The whole screen really will remain “always on.”
While each iPhone 14 model has an OLED screen, which makes it possible to have an Always-on display, only the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max have the extra hardware necessary to power it. Apple marketing chief Greg Joswiak said the Pro’s always-on display is made possible “by a number of new technologies that make the display incredibly power efficient,” including multiple coprocessors within its chipset.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max displays can dynamically adjust their screen refresh rate from a battery-intensive 120Hz all the way down to a low-power 1Hz mode, meaning it only refreshes once per second.