Why the iPhone’s Always-on Display Beats Even the Best Android Phones

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The iPhone 14 series devices are the first to feature an always-on display. In typical Apple fashion, the company has added its unique twist.

The iPhone’s screen now stays on all the time with an always-on display, a long-awaited feature. Although, Apple always introduces something better which we can’t experience on any android device. The same happens in this case; it appears and operates differently from mobile phones. But unfortunately, getting this feature will require you to spend a lot of money because it’s only available on the latest Apple iPhone 14 Pro devices.

The always-on display on the iPhone 14, which is already available for preorder, differs from those on the Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones. Apple’s always-on approach is super clever, and it’s been given some unique, innovative touches. It could cause several Android smartphone manufacturers to alter their strategies.

Below are a few reasons why the iPhone’s always-on display is superior and even beats the best flagship Android phones:

It’s Convenient and Gorgeous

Despite being around for about five years, we have not seen significant changes in Android’s always-on display technology. They consume battery while only displaying the date and time on a black background and providing limited personalization opportunities. But, Apple’s always-on feature is far better than this and doesn’t do that.

The iPhone 14 Pro saves juice by employing the similar low-power-optimized (LTPO) display found in the Apple Watch, which limits the refresh rate to only 1Hz. Furthermore, if you place your iPhone 14 Pro on the bed or table, put it in your pocket, or walk out of the room with your Apple Watch on your wrist, the always-on display will automatically turn off to conserve battery life. I believe the next generation of Android always-on displays will also include these features.

Adaptive Widgets and Notifications

To keep you apprised of the time, date, and even if any of your mobile apps have sent you notifications, the always-on display on many Android handsets features different widgets for that purpose. In reality, despite appearances, they are not helpful in any way. Since unlocking your phone, or at least turning on its display, is required before you can see the contents of your notifications, this is an absolute necessity.

As for the iPhone 14 Pro, things are different. In addition to the date & time, you can view other information provided by widgets and alerts banners, among which like timers, will keep updating invisibly in the context. The always-on screen, the same as the one on the Apple Watch, is an integral part of the Lock Screen rather than a distinct interface element. That gives the user a more integrated, engaging, and practical experience.

Your Lock Screen Image Remains Visible

Your iPhone's Lock Screen Image Remains Visible with ALways-on Display
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The Lock Screens on our devices have been neglected for several years. After much deliberation, we finally settled on the perfect picture to view for the brief time it takes to unlock our phones.

As a result of the iPhone 14 Pro’s always-on display, we no longer have to worry about losing our Lock Screen picture in the process, as it remains visible even if your phone is in sleep mode. That’s not something you would find on any Android mobile. However, many handsets provide optional graphics, but no screen-off image viewing is possible on them.

It’s App-Compatible

The purpose of the always-on concept goes beyond visual appeal. With an always-on display, you can still use many applications such as Maps, Apple TV remote, Voice Memos, and others. It implies that some apps can replace the widgets with their controls, expanding the feature’s usefulness. It’s a witty approach for putting the always-on display to function instead of merely serving as eye candy.

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