Apple’s first iOS 16 beta released details about the company’s first iPhone ‘Always-On’ feature, and now the company has done it again.

9to5Mac dug into the code of Apple’s latest iOS 16 beta four release and found a new ‘Sleep’ mode, which it was able to activate. When enabled, Sleep dims and turns on the iPhone’s display when the device is locked, instead of turning off the screen completely. “The clock and the user-selected widget can also be seen when the screen is off,” says 9to5Mac.

This is the behavior of the Always On Display, and Apple has a history with this function. As 9to5Mac notes:

“Basically, it seems that Apple will reproduce the same effect from the Apple Watch on the iPhone 14 Pro. This means that users will be able to see the wallpaper in some way even when the screen is turned off. The wallpaper will be displayed in full light up as soon as the user touches the screen or presses the power button.

Yes, this also appears similar: the feature will be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models. Why? Because only the Pro-models will ship the new variable refresh rate display that drops from the high 120Hz down to 1Hz. The display does not consume any power at this low level, so the feature does not come at the cost of battery drain. On the other hand, it means that existing iPhones are unlikely to have this functionality.

As expected by iPhone enthusiasts, Always-On displays have been a staple of Android smartphones for several years now. Apple was also expected to release this technology similar to the iPhone 13, but it failed to make the cut.

More than anything else, I think this is the first release of iOS 16 beta code because Apple has a long history of revealing the details of upcoming products through the latest iOS updates. iOS 12 beta includes iPhone XS Max screenshot; iOS 13 spotted on iPhone SE2 and Apple CarKey; iOS 14 leaked the iPhone 12 Mini, and iOS 15 leaked the next MacBooks.

So strap in because supply chain reports claim the iPhone 14 release schedule is on track. That means there’s less than two months to release, which is when the leak season goes into overdrive.

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