AppleInsider is supported by its audience and is eligible to earn an Amazon Associate and Affiliate Partner commission on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content.
Apple’s introduction of iOS 16 could include support for an always-on display, a feature that could come to hardware in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max later in 2022.
The refresh of the iPhone 14 lineup in the fall could include a change in display technology, with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max said to offer a low refresh rate of 1Hz. To enable such feature, it looks like Apple will be laying the groundwork for iOS 16.
According to sources speaking to Mark Gurman for the Bloomberg “Power On” newsletter, iOS 16 will include support for an “always-on lock screen”. This “would allow the iPhone to significantly reduce the frame rate on the lock screen and display information that is quickly searchable,” he adds, similar to some Apple Watch models.
Gurman goes on to say that the feature was “something Apple originally planned for last year’s iPhone 13.” Apple has included low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LPTO) display panels in the iPhone 13 Pro lineup, a technology that has the potential to deliver an always-on display, but the included ProMotion support only goes so far. 120Hz.
Expected to be unveiled as part of the WWDC 2022 keynote on June 6, iOS 16 is expected to include updated built-in apps, as well as “new ways to interact”, but retain the same aesthetics as iOS 15.
According to Gurman, this could include updates to iPad multitasking notifications and updates to the Messages and Health apps. The lock screen redesign will apparently involve “wallpapers with widget-like functionality”.
Messages could get “social media-like functionality, with big changes around audio messages. For tvOS, Gurman expects more smart home features, while macOS will revamp System Preferences to make them more close to Settings in iOS.