With the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max expected to have a low refresh rate of 1Hz, the fall refresh of the iPhone 14 series could include a change in display technology. Apple appears to be creating the framework in iOS 16 to enable such a function.
Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman spoke with sources who told him iOS 16 will feature an “always-on lock screen,” according to his Power On newsletter This would “allow the iPhone to turn down the frame rate significantly on the lock screen and display quickly glanceable information,” he adds, similar to some Apple Watch models.
The functionality was “something Apple was originally planned for last year’s iPhone 13,” according to Gurman. Apple does include low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LPTO) display panels in the iPhone 13 Pro lineup, which has the ability to have an always-on display, but the included ProMotion support only goes down to 120Hz.
iOS 16 is expected to announce on June 6 as part of the WWDC 2022 keynote, with updated built-in apps and “new ways of interacting,” but with the same design as iOS 15.
This might include upgrades to notifications, iPad multitasking, and the Messages and Health app, according to Gurman. The makeover for the lock screen will apparently involve “wallpapers that have widget-like capabilities.”
Considering major changes around audio messages, messages could get “social network-like functionality.” Gurman expects more smart home capabilities in tvOS, while System Preferences in macOS will be redesigned to seem more like Settings in iOS.