Apple leaks massive screen update for iPhone 14 Pro models

Apple’s first iOS 16 beta leaked details of the company’s first iPhone Always-On display, and now the company has done it again.

9to5Mac scoured the code for Apple’s latest iOS 16 beta four release and found a new ‘Sleep’ state, which it managed to activate. When enabled, sleep mode dims and tints the iPhone screen when the device is locked, rather than turning the screen off completely. “The clock and user-chosen widgets will also be visible when the screen is off,’” explains 9to5Mac.

This is the behavior of an Always-On display, and Apple has a history with this functionality. As 9to5Mac notes:

“Basically, it looks like Apple is going to replicate the same effect as the Apple Watch on the iPhone 14 Pro. This means that users will still see their wallpapers somehow, even when the screen is off. The wallpaper will display in full brightness as soon as the user taps the screen or presses the Power button.”

And yes, that also reveals a catch: the feature will be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models. Because? Because only the Pro models will ship with a new variable refresh rate display that drops from a maximum of 120Hz down to 1Hz. The display consumes almost no power at this lower level, so the feature doesn’t come at the expense of high battery consumption. On the other hand, it means that existing iPhones are highly unlikely to get this functionality.

While highly anticipated by iPhone fans, Always-On displays have been a mainstay of Android smartphones for many years. Apple was also expected to release this recovery technology with the iPhone 13, but failed.

More broadly, I suspect this is just the beginning of the iOS 16 beta code leaks, because Apple has a long history of revealing future product details through its generational iOS updates. iOS 12 beta versions included iPhone XS Max iconography; iOS 13 leaked iPhone SE2 and Apple CarKey; iOS 14 leaked iPhone 12 Mini and iOS 15 leaked high-end MacBooks.

So get ready because supply chain reports claim that the iPhone 14 release schedule remains on track. That means there’s less than two months to go until release, which is when the leak season hits its peak.

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