Is there always-on Display on iOS 16?

iOS 16 is finally here, and is bringing with it a whole plethora of exciting updates and changes for iPhone users.

Apple states that the new system update “enhances iPhone with all‑new personalisation features, deeper intelligence, and seamless ways to communicate and share.”

One feature that everyone has been talking about due to the new iPhone 14 Pro is the always-on display. While Android phones have had this feature for a while, iPhones have now jumped on the bandwagon, allowing users to have always-on display on their phones.

However, not everyone can access this feature so read on to find out more…

What is always-on display?

Essentially, an always-on screen means that even when the phone is locked, the screen will still display basic information such as the date, time, and notifications.

Always-on displays are nothing new for Android users. For example, Google Pixel phones have an always-on display which has just the clock and some app icons lit up.

The feature is also available on certain Samsung smartphones. It allows you to view the time, date, notifications, missed calls, and more when the screen is turned off.

Does iOS 16 have always-on display?

No, iOS 16 itself does not have always-on display. Only the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max have always-on display whilst running on iOS 16. This means that unless you have one of those phones, even if you have iOS 16 on your device, you will not get always-on display.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s marketing chief, said that the Pro’s always-on display feature is made possible “by a number of new technologies that make the display incredibly power efficient.” For example, the phone has multiple coprocessors within its chipset.

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A look at the new lock screen features on iOS 16

iOS 16 brings a whole new range of exciting Lock Screen features, such as Lock Screen switching, which allows you to switch up you Lock Screen throughout the day by touching and holding it, then swiping. For the first time ever, you will also be able to edit the font, colour, or placement of elements on your Lock Screen, and you also can customise the look of the date and time on screen.

The new iOS also means that you can choose to display a set of widgets as part of your Lock Screen, including weather, time, date, battery levels, alarms, time zones, and many more.

The multilayered photo effect feature means that photo subjects are “dynamically” displayed in front of the time to make the subject of the photo “pop,” and another of the new Lock Screen photo features will suggest pictures from your library that look great on the Lock Screen.

For more information on iOS 16, including updates to Messages, Siri, and iCloud, head over to the Apple website here.

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