Apple to launch iPhone 13 with the always-on screen

The iPhone 13 should finally receive the always-on screen. That’s what Mark Gurman says this Sunday (18): the new line of cell phones from Apple should bring the technology that shows the time and other information without having to turn on the entire display and without wasting a lot of battery. The expectation is that the iPhone 12’s successors will be released this semester.

The information was anticipated in the newsletter Power On, the Bloomberg. Apple is expected to employ the solution in its new phones, which will likely keep the OLED screen across the line as well as in models released late last year. Gurman even stated that the new generation display can have a refresh rate of 120 Hz.

The always-on display is a solution present on Android phones and Apple Watch Series 5 or later. The technology activates the pixels individually to show the time and other common items without having to turn on the entire panel just to check them. Thus, the user is aware of this information without wasting a lot of battery.

In February, Max Weinbach also spoke about the technology’s presence in Apple’s next crop of cell phones. At the time, he explained that the feature would be similar to the current lock screen, only dimmed. This means that the user would have access to the clock and battery indicator without having to turn on the entire display, as happens in Samsung cell phones. New notifications would also be displayed in this mode.

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iPhone 13 with the always-on screen
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Apple to include LTPO panel on iPhone 13 line

Gurman also expects the LTPO panel to land on upcoming Apple phones. Earlier, he said that “at least one” of the four cell phones to be announced in the coming months must bring the technology. The expectation, as revealed by other leaks, is that the novelty appears in more expensive models.

The LTPO panel should bring two attractions. The first one is the refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, which can please those who like to play games. The smartphone would also rely on the dynamic change of this frequency. In other words, the cell phone would be able to adjust it upwards when there is more movement in the image (movies and games, for example) or downwards when there is less movement (viewing photos, texts, among others).

The second improvement would be the reduced energy consumption. This is because, when dynamically opting for lower rates, the display tends to use less battery, since the image will be refreshed fewer times per second. Likewise, the cell phone would not use higher frequencies, such as 90 Hz and 120 Hz, if there is no need.

Other expected new features for the iPhone 13 lineup are the larger batteries, the smaller notch, and the possible return of the Touch ID. As for cameras, cell phones are expected to have a larger module and some improvements to the photographic set. The iPhone 12’s successors are expected to be announced in September.

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