Mark Gurman, the editor-in-chief of Bloomberg’s “Power On” newsletter, has speculated on Apple’s likely plans in the newest issue (via MacRumors). An “improved” lock screen with wallpapers that have widget-like features is expected in Apple’s iOS 16, which is expected to be released alongside the next iPhone.
Even though this isn’t an always-on display, a section of the screen is lit up with some basic data even while the phone is asleep. According to Gurman, iOS 16’s new features include “future support” for an always-on lock screen, but it’s unclear whether it will be ready in time for the iPhone 14’s launch.
According to Gurman, Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models are the only ones that will include an always-on feature.
Owners of Android phones like Samsung, Xiaomi, and Oppo, many of which have offered the function for years, are familiar with the concept of a “always-on” screen. All-day mode is also available for Apple’s own Apple Watch (starting with Apple Watch Series 5 and onwards).
Rumors about an iPhone with an always-on display aren’t new. Gurman himself anticipated last year that the capability would be made accessible on the iPhone 13, which never happened.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently tweeted that Apple is unlikely to reveal its rumoured augmented or mixed-reality handset at this year’s WWDC, which is the annual conference for Apple employees. Apple is still expected to release it next year, according to Kuo.