Apple would use more advanced OLED panels this year to add an interesting feature to the screen of its iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max: an “always-on” mode. This mode would permanently display essential information on the lock screen.
Do you remember the dynamic refresh technology ProMotion, used last year for the screen of the iPhone 13 Pro? It would return this year to the iPhone 14 Pro, but with one more thing: a frequency capable of falling to only 1 Hz. The idea? Allow the addition of an always-on display mode dedicated to the lock screen, but without impacting autonomy. A feature used for a few years on the Apple Watch to display the time and essential information while remaining very sober on energy consumption.
As a reminder, the refresh rate of the iPhone 13 Pro automatically oscillates between 10 and 120 Hz depending on the content displayed and their needs. This dynamic solution was made possible in 2021 by the use of LTPO technology, which precisely allows great flexibility on the refresh rate.
Apple is planning to use more efficient OLED screens this year
It is by opting this year for more advanced LTPO panels, used in particular by Samsung and Oppo, that Apple would be able to go even lower in terms of refreshment… and therefore to reach just 1 Hz for the display. static content when the device is in standby.
Note that this information deserves to be taken seriously. It comes from analyst Ross Young, who specializes in display issues and is often well informed about the new features that Apple is about to add to its screens. In addition, the addition of an LTPO panel capable of falling to 1 Hz to allow an always-on mode had previously been mentioned by Mark Gurman, journalist for Bloomberg also well informed. The interested party had however anticipated this novelty on the iPhone 13 Pro… and therefore a year too early if we are to believe Ross Young.
If this novelty materializes, the iPhone 14 Pro will be able to permanently display certain important information on their lock screen. We think first of all of the time and date, but also of an overview of the latest notifications received. It remains to be seen whether Apple will choose to surprise us with such a mode. So far, no leak has specifically mentioned the addition of an always-on function on the iPhone 14 Pro.
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