It looks like iPhone 14 will get our most requested new feature after all

From better battery life to the addition of USB-C, there are a few features that have topped iPhone users’ wish lists for years now. One of the most rumored improvements is the inclusion of an always-on display, which has already been a huge hit on the Apple Watch. And now, new leaks (provided by Apple itself, no less) suggest that it could finally happen in 2022.

An always-on display may allow basic information such as the time, date, and notifications to remain on the screen without having to press the power button. And the latest iOS 16 beta, released this week, revealed that Apple’s new iPhone wallpapers look optimized for a permanent treat. (Don’t think about waiting? Check out the best iPhone 13 deals available right now.)

The always-on display can display basic information all the time (Image credit: EverythingApplePro)

As spotted by 9to5Mac (Opens in a new tab)The new iOS 16 wallpapers (which include a cool blast from the past) are actually multi-layer vectors, which can be viewed in different brightness modes. And the new status in Beta 4, titled “Sleep,” is particularly dark. As anyone with an Apple Watch knows, wallpapers in Always On mode are often darker versions of the standard image.

iPhone 14 wallpaper in normal mode and sleep mode

iOS 16 wallpaper in normal (left) and “sleep” mode (right) (Image credit: The Future Owns)

In fact, iOS 16 seems to be taking more than a few design cues from the Apple Watch. Not only are dynamic wallpapers like 3D Portrait Mode transferring to the iPhone, but the Fitness app will no longer require the use of the Apple Watch on iOS.

iOS 16

iOS 16 takes design cues from WatchOS (Image credit: Apple)

Quick access to basic information can only be good for creators – being able to quickly glance at the time on your iPhone while it’s sitting at your desk certainly seems more convenient than having to reach for the power button to flash it. Additionally, in his newsletter Power On (Opens in a new tab)Apple leaker Mark Gorman recently explained how the lock screen’s refresh rate can be significantly reduced, allowing the screen to display static information without much impact on battery life.

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