Apple iPhone 13 Pro rumored to ship with always-on display later this year

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In context: Apple's next-generation iPhone 13 is likely to arrive later this year, and if rumors we've seen so far are anything to go off of, it should be a pretty impressive package. Reports claim the device will launch with upgraded video recording tech, enhanced battery life, a smaller "notch," and a 120Hz refresh rate (a first for Apple phones).

One LG report from around Christmas of last year even suggested that Apple would begin implementing always-on display tech into its newest devices. According to the report, LG has been creating low-temperature polycrystalline oxide-based (LPTO) panels for Apple's Pro-tier iPhones. These panels allow devices to achieve highly variable refresh rates -- the number can go as high as 120Hz, or as low as 10Hz, depending on what each manufacturer allows.

10Hz is right around what the iPhone, or any other modern phone, would need to achieve always-on display functionality without significant battery drain. The higher your refresh rate, the faster your battery will deplete. Combined with OLED, LPTO panel tech could keep the refresh rate low when 60 or 120Hz aren't needed and allow certain portions of your screen to remain on at all times. This could include a clock, the date and time, the outside temperature, and more.

Last year's supplier rumor isn't the only indication we have that the iPhone 13 could launch with an always-on display. Bloomberg's award-winning tech journalist and Power On newsletter runner Mark Gurman also feels the feature is a likely addition. "Expect a faster A15 chip, smaller notch, a new display for better battery life and the potential of an Apple Watch-like always on mode," Gurman said in his latest issue of Power On. "...and a 120Hz refresh rate and upgrades to video recording."

Gurman did not go into details regarding where he got his beliefs, but he's proven fairly reliable in the past when it comes to Apple-related rumors, leaks, and news. At the very least, he's lending credence to an already likely theory.

This highly-anticipated feature has been a long time coming: Android users have had access to always-on screens for years, but Apple has resisted the technology's implementation. Could 2021 finally be the year that changes? We'll find out in a couple of months.

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QuantumPhysics

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The only thing I'm concerned with is getting 1TB storage.

Beyond that, has anyone mentioned the poor battery life of applewatch 6?

It absolutely must be charged every 26 hours.
 

p51d007

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The only thing I'm concerned with is getting 1TB storage.

Beyond that, has anyone mentioned the poor battery life of applewatch 6?

It absolutely must be charged every 26 hours.

My old Samsung Gear 3 Frontier got about 3 1/2 days battery life with moderate useage.
I traded for a Samsung Galaxy 3 watch...I'm still in the "tinkering" stage, but it's still getting
about 3 days life. Maybe you should have gone with something else? (just trying to be funny).
Apple products have a fantastic ecosystem. Everything flows between phone, computer, tablet, watch without much effort. I just don't like the locked down nature of their system.
 

QuantumPhysics

Posts: 5,224   +5,926
My old Samsung Gear 3 Frontier got about 3 1/2 days battery life with moderate useage.
I traded for a Samsung Galaxy 3 watch...I'm still in the "tinkering" stage, but it's still getting
about 3 days life. Maybe you should have gone with something else? (just trying to be funny).
Apple products have a fantastic ecosystem. Everything flows between phone, computer, tablet, watch without much effort. I just don't like the locked down nature of their system.

Let me make this very clear: there’s not a single android phone on the market that I would take over iPhone. Android’s entire operating system offends me. I don’t like it, I don’t want it and I’m willing to wait for a better product from Apple. That’s how much I prefer the iOS ecosystem.

This is about iOS. If I can’t get any other phone with iOS then I guess I stay with Apple iPhone.


 

p51d007

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Let me make this very clear: there’s not a single android phone on the market that I would take over iPhone. Android’s entire operating system offends me. I don’t like it, I don’t want it and I’m willing to wait for a better product from Apple. That’s how much I prefer the iOS ecosystem.

This is about iOS. If I can’t get any other phone with iOS then I guess I stay with Apple iPhone.

To each their own. I started with Android. My first "smart" phone, was a Dell Streak 5. I think it was Android doughnut. The reason I went with it, was it had a FIVE inch display, whereas the Apple had a 3.5" display. Larger display, larger battery. That was the main reason. Second phone was a Samsung Galaxy Note (Note 1). It had a bit larger display. Then various phones to the Samsung today with a 6.5" screen. I guess I'm an old fart. Just stick to what I know and like. ;)