Rumors have suggested that upcoming iPhone 14 Pro models will feature always-on display technology similar to the Apple Watch, and hints of what that always-on display might look like could be in the latest Xcode 14 Beta to be included.


As noted on Twitter by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser, the Xcode 14 Beta has an interesting lock screen interface that eliminates detail from a screen widget when the screen is activated. The animation suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro models could remove intricate details from widgets and other lock screen content when the iPhone is locked and the always-on display is active.

iOS developer @rhogelheim also noticed signs of a black and white version of a widget, which is usually in color in the Xcode 14 beta, and could be related to the always-on display.

The latest iOS 16 beta also includes hints about a “sleep mode” for wallpapers and provides more information on how the always-on display works. “Sleep” versions of wallpapers are darker and fade light colors, potentially increasing battery life when used with an always-on display.

Always-on display functionality is rumored to be limited to the “iPhone 14 Pro” and “iPhone 14 Pro” Max as these devices have the required display technology. The “iPhone 14 Pro” and Pro Max are rumored to have refresh rates that vary from 1Hz to 120Hz, an improvement over the 10Hz to 120Hz refresh rates available with the iPhone 13 Pro devices.

The 1Hz refresh rate allows the time, widgets and possibly notifications to be visible while the “iPhone” is asleep. Apple’s “iPhone 14 Pro” and Pro Max models are also rumored to be getting a no-notch design, instead using pill-shaped and hole-punched cutouts for Face ID and camera hardware, upgraded rear cameras and A16 chips, with all the details in available are our dedicated iPhone 14 Pro roundup.

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