Apple iPhone 13 series to gain always-on display functionality

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Always-on display (AOD) technology has been around for well over a decade, but Apple has been reluctant to bring this functionality to its smartphones until now. According to a new scoop from Bloombergs Mark Gurman Apple will bring AOD functionality to its next generation of iPhones. AOD on the iPhone is described as “Apple Watch-like always on mode”, which displays useful information such as time, date and notifications, even when the screen is off.

Gurman also clarifies that next-generation iPhones will bring smaller notches, 120Hz refresh rate (probably reserved for the Pro models), A15 chipsets, and upgraded video recording features. The only sensible reason why Apple is so late in bringing AOD to its iPhones is power management. Given the rumors of LTPO (low temperature polycrystalline oxide) on the iPhone 13 series, we could realistically see the long-awaited debut of AOD on Apple smartphones. Bloomberg previously reported that Apple is planning an initial batch of 90 million units of its next iPhones, which is 20% more than in the iPhone 12 series.

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