Will iPhone 13 Pro get Always-On Display along with iPhone 14 Pro? The iOS 16 clues reveal the answer
Multiple reports have been suggesting that the Apple iPhone 14 Pro models can get the always-on display. But, can the iPhone 13 Pro models get it too? The answer lies within iOS 16.
The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2022 keynote session was filled with a plethora of new announcements whether it was software releases like iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13 or WatchOS 9 or hardware launches like the MacBook Air 2022 or the Apple M2 chip boosted MacBook Pro. However, the spotlight was on iOS 16. With a wide range of feature additions and upgrades, the new iPhone operating system is likely to make most Apple fans happy. However, the announcement has also sparked fresh speculation, and that surprisingly surrounds the iPhone 13 Pro models. After some reports revealed that iOS 16 has added the always-on display functionality, some are wondering if this feature would really be limited to iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max or be extended to the current generation iPhone 13 Pro models as well. Read on to find out. Also read: iPhone 14 Pro Max - release date to expected specifications; Everything we know so far
Recently, 9to5mac reported that there were various references within iOS 16 that confirmed that Apple is now prepared to extend the always-on functionality to any supporting device. The leaks began with Bloomberg's Mark Gurman who claimed that iOS 16 will support the always-on display and it can be added to the iPhone 14 Pro models. It would be a historic moment for Apple as so far, iPhones do not have this feature. But, those were just leaks. 9to5mac went ahead and dug into the iOS 16 to find the particular codes that can make the always-on display happen!
Will the iPhone 13 Pro models get the always-on display, just like iPhone 14 Pro?
According to the report, three new frameworks have been added to iOS 16 which relate to backlight management of the iPhone's display. 9to5mac found that the most notable of them was a reference within Springboard, which is the Lock Screen and Home Screen manager for iPhones. Also read: How to get Apple iOS 16 before your friends do
The biggest reveal however were particular flags that can extend this feature even to the unsupported models. Now, unsupported models are not those without an LTPO display which would create hardware issues if always-on was added. We are talking about devices like iPhone 13 Pro models for which this feature was not intended for, although they can sustain it in theory.
While there is nothing stopping the Cupertino-based tech giant from adding the feature for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, there is one hardware barrier which can make it tricky. The variable refresh rate of the ProMotion display in iPhone 13 Pro models exists between 10Hz-120Hz. Now, that can lead to heavy battery drain if the feature was added. For comparison, Apple does provide the always-on display on the Apple Watch, which has a variable refresh rate between 1Hz - 120Hz. While there is no confirmation, rumors have suggested that iPhone 14 Pro models will have a variable refresh rate that can be scaled down to 1Hz, making the always-on display a possibility.
However, as always, these are still rumors and we cannot say for sure what Apple is planning. So, iPhone 13 Pro owners do not need to completely give up hope.