9to5Mac has discovered indications of AoD (Always on Display) capabilities in the iOS 16 developer preview. For SpringBoard — the iOS home screen manager – several new backlight management frameworks with direct connections to the always-on display have been uncovered.
Another hint this functionality is coming soon is that AoD functions have been found in Lock Screen. There are various secret flags that allow developers to test the feature on any iOS 16-compatible device.
Based on current reports, Apple is only bringing AOD to the iPhone 14 Pro series, and older devices are unlikely to get it. AOD may or may not be available to current iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max devices with LTPO AMOLED panels.
Visit our iOS 16 announcement article for a complete rundown of all the new features. Our recap of all the keynote announcements is also available. You can see the entire keynote presentation again by clicking on the link provided below.