Rumors suggest that the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro models are going to feature always-on display technology similar to the Apple Watch, and hints of what that always-on display might look like could be in the latest Xcode 14 beta.
In the Xcode 14 beta, Steve Moser tweeted about an interesting Lock Screen interface that removes detail from an on-screen widget as the screen awakens. When the iPhone is locked and the always-on display is active, the animation shows that the iPhone 14 Pro models may remove fine details from widgets and other Lock Screen content.
In the Xcode 14 beta, developer @rhogelleim also saw signs of a black-and-white version of a color widget that had to do with an always-on display.
The latest iOS 16 beta also shows hints of a “Sleep” state for wallpapers, which gives more information about how the always-on display will work. When a “sleep” wallpaper is used on a screen that is always on, the brighter colors are faded out to save battery life.
There are rumors that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will have displays that can stay on all the time. The 10Hz-120Hz refresh rates on the iPhone 13 Pro are better than the 1Hz-120Hz refresh rates that are rumored for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
With a refresh rate of 1 Hz, the time, widgets, and maybe even notifications can be shown on the iPhone’s screen even when it is sleeping. For the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, there are also rumors that Apple will use pill and hole punch cutouts for Face ID, better rear cameras, and A16 chips. You can read more about this in our roundup of everything we know about the iPhone 14 Pro.