Apple today posted a new support document with additional details about the new always-on display mode on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. In the document, the always-on display is temporarily turned off in eight scenarios.
In order to save battery life, Apple says the display turns off completely when:
- Your iPhone is lying face down
- Your iPhone is in your pocket or bag
- Sleep Focus is on
- Low Power Mode is on
- Your iPhone is connected to CarPlay
- You’re using Continuity Camera
- You haven’t used your iPhone for a while
- Your iPhone detects that you moved 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 turns the always-on display off and on accordingly. The display, for instance, can sync with a user’s alarm or sleep schedule if they have one.
Always-on display mode is enabled by default. To turn it off, open the Settings app, tap on the Display & Brightness menu, and turn off Always On.
iPhone 14 Pro models can drop down to a refresh rate as low as 1Hz to ensure that the always-on display does not significantly impact battery life. Apple says the always-on display uses multiple coprocessors in the A16 Bionic chip to refresh the display using “minimal power,” making the display “incredibly power efficient.”
The Always-on display mode dims the entire Lock Screen, but the time, widgets, and wallpaper are still visible. The display returns to normal brightness when you raise the iPhone, tap the screen, or press the side button. As usual, you can also wake the iPhone by swiping up from the bottom of the display and authenticating with Face ID.