Based on code detected in iOS 16 and hints from respected sources, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are widely expected to get an always-on display feature – and now we have a few more details on how it will look and work.
This privileged information was obtained by MacRumors (opens in new tab), and covers various aspects of the new feature. Widgets will be visible on the lock screen when always-on mode is on, for example, slipping in and out inconspicuously to avoid screen burn-in.
With depth effect lock screen wallpapers, the effect will be removed and darkened in always-on mode. The foreground will be darkened and colored, with some highlights that can be customized by the user.
Notifications and more
It looks like settings like wallpaper, colors, fonts and widgets will be kept consistent between the always-on lock screen and the 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 always-on screen, according to the new information, scrolling from the bottom as they arrive. A notification counter can be included at the bottom of the screen and it appears that various parts of the notification alert interface can be customized by the user.
Additionally, the status bar will be rearranged to take advantage of the extra space created by the pill-shaped cutout, another exclusive to the Pro model. At Apple’s event on Wednesday, September 7, we’ll know for sure.
Analysis: Pro models are different
The always-on display is one of several updates said to be exclusive to the Pro and Pro Max models of the iPhone 14 – and Apple has clearly made the decision to split its main phone line into two distinct tiers.
If the leaks are to be believed up to this point, the Pro and Pro Max models will get a new A16 Bionic processor, while the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max follow the A15 Bionic chipset that powers the current iPhone 13 lineup. It’s an approach that Apple is rumored to follow for years to come, too.
There have also been rumors that the Pro models will also come with superior display technology. Add in all the usual benefits you get from the Pro models, including an improved camera system compared to the more affordable iPhone versions, and it looks like there’s going to be a big jump to the Pro tier.
This is perhaps to get more people to buy more expensive iPhones, but it makes the iPhone 14 feel like a less substantial upgrade to what we already have. Time will tell if it’s a strategy that ultimately pays off for Apple.