Today, 9to5Mac found multiple references to AOD always-on display in iOS 16, and there is even an internal mode for Apple to test always-on display in the iPhone itself.
According to the internal documents of the iOS 16 developer preview version Beta 4, 9to5Mac found that the system wallpaper is ready for the screen display. iOS 16 no longer uses static images as wallpapers, but multi-layered vector graphics rendered in real-time.
In addition, there is a new state for native wallpapers (such as the default wallpaper and the recently added clownfish wallpaper), labeled "Sleep", which turns the wallpaper darker, and reduces brightness, fades, etc., and a very complete Transition animation, the wallpaper in this state is very similar to the always-on display on the Apple Watch.
Real hammer iPhone 14 Pro supports AOD screen display? Apple iOS 16 wallpaper "Sleep" mode exposure, can reduce brightness, fade and more
Judging from the exposed content, after pressing the power button on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, the wallpaper will switch to the "Sleep" version and display information such as time and widgets. When the user presses the power button again to turn on the screen, the wallpaper switches back to the original color version.
IT House learned that Apple has adopted the AOD display mode since the Apple Watch Series 5, so the industry believes that Apple is likely to let users enable or disable the AOD always-on display mode of the iPhone 14 Pro through the settings app.
As Gurman mentioned, the iPhone 14 Pro's AOD feature can combine "lower brightness" and "lower refresh rate" to extend battery life. It’s worth mentioning that Apple introduced the ProMotion feature on the iPhone 13 Pro models, which allows the screen to drop to 10Hz when idle to save power.
Unsurprisingly, Apple may release the iPhone 14 series around September as in previous years, but only the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models are expected to have ProMotion and AOD features, but this flagship will certainly be available in the future. Advanced features are devolved into standard models.