Based on the code found in iOS 16 and guidance from respected sources, it is widely expected that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will have an always-on display feature – and now we have a few more details on how it will look and feel. work.
This inside information was obtained by MacGossip (opens in a new tab)and covers various aspects of the new feature. Widgets will be visible on the lock screen when always on mode is turned on, for example, they will appear and disappear unnoticed to prevent screen burn-in.
For lock screen wallpapers that have a depth effect, the effect will be removed and dimmed in always on mode. The foreground will be darkened and tinted with color, with some highlights that the user can customize.
Notifications and more
It looks like settings like wallpaper, colors, fonts, and widgets will be consistent between an always-on lock screen and a fully lit lock screen, so you won’t be able to set different options for the two different operating modes.
Notifications will appear on the display forever, in line with new information coming in from below when they arrive. There may be a notification counter at the bottom of the screen which sounds as if the user can customize different parts of the notification alerts interface.
Moreover, the status bar will be changed to take advantage of the extra space created by the pill-shaped cutout, another exclusive Pro model. At the Apple event on Wednesday, September 7, we will find out for sure.
Analysis: Pro models are different from each other
The Always-On Display is one of just a handful of enhancements reportedly exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models – and Apple has clearly made the decision to split its flagship phone line into two different tiers.
If you believe the leaks up to this point, the Pro and Pro Max models will get a brand new A16 Bionic processor, while the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will stick to the A15 Bionic chipset that powers the current iPhone 13 range. This is an approach that Apple is said to follow in future years as well.
It is also said that the Pro models will also be equipped with excellent screen technology. Add in all the usual benefits of the Pro models, including an improved camera system compared to cheaper versions of the iPhone, and it looks like there’s going to be a big jump to the Pro level.
This may force more people to buy more expensive iPhones, but it makes the iPhone 14 seem like a less significant improvement over what we already have. Time will tell if this is a strategy that ultimately pays off for Apple.