Always-on display (AOD) tech has been around for well over a decade yet Apple has been reluctant to bring this functionality to its smartphones until now. According to a fresh scoop from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman Apple will bring AOD functionality to its next generation of iPhones. The AOD on iPhone is described as “Apple Watch-like always-on mode” that shows useful info like time, date and notifications even when the screen is turned off.
Gurman also clarifies the next-gen iPhones will bring smaller notches, 120Hz refresh rate (likely reserved for the Pro models), A15 chipsets and upgraded video recording capabilities. The only sensible reason why Apple is so late to bring AOD to its iPhones is power management. Given the rumors of LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) displays on the iPhone 13 series, we could realistically see the long-awaited debut of AOD on Apple smartphones. Bloomberg previously reported that Apple is planning an initial batch of 90 million units of its next iPhones, which is 20% more than that of the iPhone 12 series.
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