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Code from the first beta of iOS 16, which includes a redesigned lock screen, suggests that Apple may be working on an always-on display feature for the iPhone 14 Pro.
Apple released the first developer beta of its iOS 16 software on Monday. In the beta, there are new frameworks relating to backlight management on iPhone screens – a critical part of enabling always-on display. The frameworks each refer to an always-on display feature.
While the code first discovered 9to5Mac tuesday does not explicitly refer to an always-on iPhone display, it alludes to it. For example, backlight management frameworks refer to Springboard, which manages lock screen and home screen on iPhone. The Apple Watch has no springboard.
There are also flags in the code that could allow Apple engineers to test the always-on display feature on current devices like the iPhone 13 Pro.
There have been a number of rumors suggesting that the iPhone 14 Pro could get always-on display support when it launches in the fall. Combined with the redesigned lock screen in iOS 16, the feature could allow users to see useful information at a glance without unlocking their devices.
The always-on display feature is likely to be limited to the two iPhone 14 Pro models due to their ProMotion variable refresh rate. A variable refresh rate is key to enabling always-on display.