The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max come with a new always-on display mode. Apple has just released a new support document detailing the behavior of its new always-on display which is helpful for customers who may be concerned about battery life.
Apple’s new always-on display dims the Lock Screen and displays the lock-screen widgets, date and time, live activities, and wallpaper. Unlike traditional implementations of an always-on display, Apple’s mode only dims the Lock Screen while also displaying the original color of the user’s wallpaper. Once a user raises their iPhone or presses the side button, it returns to the standard display.
The iPhone 14 Pro’s Always-On display goes dark when you don’t need it
The always-on display mode of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max can operate with a refresh rate as low as 1Hz with a new low-power mode. The low refresh rate works in conjunction with multiple coprocessors in the A16 Bionic to use minimal power. However, Apple says the display goes completely when these situations occur:
- Your iPhone is lying face down
- Your iPhone is in your pocket or bag
- Sleep Focus is on
- Low Power Mode is on
- Your iPhone is connected to CarPlay
- You’re using Continuity Camera
- You haven’t used your iPhone for a while (your iPhone learns your activity patterns and turns the display off and on accordingly, including if you set up an alarm or sleep schedule)
- Your iPhone detects that you moved away from it with a paired Apple Watch
If you are still concerned about how much battery life the always-on display can cause your iPhone to lose, a YouTuber recently shared his experience using the new display mode. As per the YouTuber, who goes by MrMobile, the iPhone 14 Pro only loses 4% battery life in 7 hours which is impressive considering that most Android smartphones lose 1% of battery life for every hour that an always-on display is enabled.
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