Earlier in June, references to an always-on display were discovered in iOS 16 suggesting the feature could come to the iPhone 14 Pro. Now, according to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the functionality will indeed be coming to the Pro variant in the iPhone 14 lineup.
Apple to add an always-on display to iPhone 14 Pro to showcase iOS 16 widgets
As mentioned above, multiple references in iOS 16 seemingly confirm the existence of support for an always-on display. Within the software update, there are three new frameworks that relate to backlight management of the iPhone’s display.
Prior to the release of iOS 16, Gurman reported that the tech giant is working on an always-on display that will show information on the screen when it is locked, similar to the Apple Watch and Android smartphones. This glanceable information can include new emails, messages, or calendar information. Unfortunately, the functionality will be restricted to the iPhone 14 Pro models.
Gurman on Sunday reiterated his prediction in the latest edition of his “Power On” newsletter. The display of the iPhone 14 Pro will be able to showcase widgets at a lower brightness and framerate. Apple will also add a setting that will control private data from appearing on-screen.
In addition to the display, Gurman adds that the Pro models will feature an upgraded 48-megapixel front camera, which can be corroborated by numerous reports from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. As revealed by Kuo, the front camera will also feature autofocus which will offer sharper images and improved picture quality. Furthermore, the camera will also have a 6-element lens instead of a 5-element lens, which will also add to the image quality.
Gurman also confirmed that the standard iPhone 14 models will stick with the A15 chip while the Pro models will be powered by the next-generation A16 Bionic chip. The upcoming lineup will feature a thicker design, slimmer bezels, and a larger rear-camera bump. The lineup will continue using Lightning connectivity.
As for the notch, Gurman says that the Pro models will feature a new pill + hole punch cutout which will house Face ID components in addition to the camera.
Barring any delays, the lineup is on track for a September release.