The iPhone 14 Pro would finally be equipped with an Always-on screen. Thanks to a new LTPO panel that can go up to 1 Hz, the user was able to display important information permanently on the screen, as is the case on Android. At the same time, information from China suggests that Apple is experiencing production delays.
Like the iPhone 13 Pro launched last year, the iPhone 14 Pro should inherit a 120Hz ProMotion display. Thanks to their adaptive screen frequency, smartphones adapt to what you do† When you watch a series or play a game, the frequency increases.
When you look at a photo or a PDF file, the frequency goes down to limit the impact of this technology on the autonomy. In detail, the frequency of the screen constantly oscillates between 10 and 120Hz according to the needs of the user (games, reading, etc.). With the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, Apple could offer a panel that can go down to 1 Hz.
Always-on screen on iPhone, is it good?
Thanks to a panel that can go from 1 to 120 Hz, the Cupertino giant could for the first time integrate the Always-on screen into its smartphones† For Ross Young, a noted insider, and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), an industry analyst firm, it’s an opportunity. Asked on Twitter about this, the leaker says he expects this without being able to confirm.
Mark Gurman, journalist emeritus at Bloomberg, agrees. Like most Android smartphones, the new high-end iPhones can therefore permanently display important information, such as time, messages, weather, or the number of emails received. There is a similar option on Apple Watch since Series 5, whose screen can go down to 1 Hz.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Max, without a 120 Hz ProMotion screen, is of course deprived of the option. To integrate the always-on option, Apple would rely on a new range of LTPO screens† LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide thin-film transistor) technology has already enabled the brand to reduce the power consumption of the 120 Hz display of the iPhone 13 Pro. Just like last year, the panels will be supplied by Samsung, the leader in the display sector.
iPhone 14 production Delays
According to information provided by our colleagues at Nikkei, the production of the iPhone 14 has recently suffered a slight delay. The “development of at least one of the new iPhones” recently stalled in China, the media said, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter. Unsurprisingly, production lines were delayed as a result of the curtailment announced by the Chinese government.
To stem the rise in Covid-19 cases, China is imposing strict measures on its citizens. To avoid a complete shutdown of its operations, Foxconn, one of Apple’s major manufacturers, is adopting a “closed loop” system. The workers are locked in the factory and have to sleep, eat and relax on the premises after their 12-hour workday. To meet its deadlines, Apple asked its “suppliers to accelerate development efforts”. “However, it is difficult to make up for the lost time.
Apple and its suppliers are working around the clock to accelerate development,” but the resumption of operations in Shanghai has been very slow, a supplier explains. For the time being, the American group is determined to launch its new iPhone 14 in early September 2022 “If the development process can be accelerated and brought to a higher level around late June or early July, it should still be possible to meet the early September mass production deadline,” emphasizes another supplier interviewed by Nikkei, which indicates that everything depends on the Chinese authorities. The keynote is also rumored to take place on September 13.
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