The iPhone 14 Pro’s always-on display, explained

iPhone 14 Pro models side by side showcasing Apple’s new always-on display mode
This is how the always-on display will look on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, complete with color images. | Image: Apple

So, it finally happened. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max got an always-on display. If you’ve used a modern Android phone, you probably have experience with always-on screens — and need no convincing of why they’re a handy feature — but this is a new thing in iPhone world. And Apple, of course, is doing it a little bit differently than everyone else.

Always-on displays allow a phone to display basic information like the date, time, and notifications even when it’s locked and resting on a table. Typically, your whole display doesn’t remain on, just the most important parts of it. On Google’s Pixel phones, for example, you might see a black screen with just the clock and some app icons lit up. This is particularly useful because…

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Author: Cameron Faulkner