An always-on display has been lacking in the iPhone series. Thanks to a new report, the feature looks very likely for the iPhone 13.
When Apple launches the iPhone 13 in just a few weeks, one of its standout features will likely be an always-on display. Always-on displays have been around on Android smartphones for a while now. If a phone uses an OLED or AMOLED display, it can be switched to an ‘always on’ state when it continuously shows things like time, date, notifications, etc. It’s not a deal breaker as to whether a phone has the feature, but it has become a staple of flagship (and even mid-range) phones in recent years, with the exception of the iPhone.
The iPhone 13 is expected to be a modest update over the iPhone 12, but the updates that are rumored to come should be quite substantial. The latest reports suggest there is improved autofocus, a 120Hz refresh rate for the Pro models, and a virtually identical lineup compared to last year (including the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. ). Along with all that, it is also very likely that an always-on display will eventually to be.
In the latest update of your Switched on Newsletter, Apple analyst Mark Gurman shared a cool tidbit about the iPhone 13. In addition to the rumored 120Hz refresh rate, Gurman says the iPhone 13 may also include a “Always-on mode similar to an Apple Watch.” That suggests that it will work similarly to other screens always on competing phones, showing the time, date, etc. This isn’t the first time an always-on display has been rumored for the iPhone 13, and considering the accuracy of Gurman’s previous Apple reports, there’s reason to believe this feature will materialize this year.
Don’t expect an always-on display for all iPhone 13 models
Although Gurman refers to the ‘iPhone 13’ as an always-on display stand, this feature will likely be reserved for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The always-on feature will be made possible by LTPO display technology, which allows displays to change brightness and refresh rates much more efficiently. It’s the same technology that will allow Apple to introduce the 120Hz refresh rate, and according to the latest rumors, that’s something that will only be found on Pro models. With that in mind, it’s safe to assume the same goes for the screen every time. turned on.
That’s not to say that non-Pro iPhones will never have an always-on display, but if it really does happen this year, it’s likely to be reserved for the more expensive ones. That’s disappointing for fans who are really looking forward to the feature, but the fact that the always-on display is coming to the iPhone is still exciting. Nothing is confirmed until Apple says so, but thanks to this latest report, things are looking pretty good in that regard.
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