Apple has released a new support document with additional details about the new always-on display mode for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Notably, the document lists eight scenarios where the always-on screen turns off temporarily to save battery power.
Apple has thought of everything
To promote the autonomy of its new phones, Apple indicates that the screen turns off completely when:
- Your iPhone is lying face down
- Your iPhone is in your pocket or bag
- Sleep mode is activated
- Low power mode is enabled
- Your iPhone is connected to CarPlay
- You are using Continuity Camera
- You haven’t used your iPhone for a while (see paragraph below)
- Your iPhone detects that you walked away from it with a paired Apple Watch.
According to Apple, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max can learn your “activity patterns” and turn the always-on display on and off accordingly. For example, Apple says the screen can work in tandem with the user’s alarm or sleep schedule, if the user has set one.
The iPhone 14 Pro models can drop to a refresh rate as low as 1Hz to ensure that the always-on display doesn’t impact battery life too heavily. Apple says the always-on display uses multiple co-processors in the A16 Bionic chip to refresh the display using “minimum power,” making the display “incredibly energy efficient.”
Always-on display mode dims the entire lock screen, but still displays information like the time, widgets, and wallpaper. As soon as you lift the iPhone, touch the screen, or press the side button, the display returns to normal brightness. You can also swipe up from the bottom of the screen and authenticate with Face ID to wake iPhone as usual.
How do I turn off the always-on screen?
Always-on display mode is enabled by default. To turn it off, open the Settings app, tap the Display & Brightness menu, then toggle the option off. Always on. Quite simply.