iPhone 14 Pro always-on display guidance may be in Xcode 14 Beta
Rumors suggest that the next iPhone 14 Pro models will feature always-on display technology similar to the Apple Watch, and hints of what that always-on display might look like could be found in the latest beta of Xcode 14.
As noted on Twitter by MacRumors donor Steve Moser, the Xcode 14 beta features an interesting lock screen interface that eliminates the details of an on-screen widget when the screen wakes up. The animation indicates that iPhone 14 Pro models may remove intricate details from widgets and other lock screen content when the iPhone is locked and always-on display is active.
iOS Developer @rhogelleim also noted signs of a black and white version of a usually color widget in the Xcode 14 beta that may be related to always-on display.
The most recent iOS 16 beta also includes clues to a “Sleep” state for wallpapers, offering more information on how the always-on display works. The “sleep” versions of the wallpapers are darker, toning down the bright colors, which would perhaps save battery life when used with an always-on screen.
The always-on display feature is rumored to be limited to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max as these devices will have the necessary display technology. Rumors indicate that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will feature refresh rates ranging from 1Hz to 120Hz, an improvement over the 10Hz to 120Hz refresh rates available with iPhone 13 Pro devices.
The 1Hz refresh rate will allow the time, widgets, and possibly notifications to be visible while the iPhone is in sleep state. Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models are also said to have a notchless design that instead uses pill-shaped and punch-hole cutouts for Face ID and camera hardware, improved rear cameras and A16 chips, with all the details available in our dedicated iPhone 14 Pro roundup.