Apple makes iPhone 14 Pro always-on display work like Android in iOS 16.2

iOS 16.2 includes a major change for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max with a new always-on display. Following complaints from some users, iOS 16.2 beta 3 has a new option that allows users to turn off wallpapers and notifications that don't appear on the iPhone's always-on display.


When the first iPhone 14 Pro reviews were released in September, some reviewers criticized Apple for implementing the always-on display, calling it “too on “. Apple is implementing this technology much more ambitiously than Android manufacturers, many of which only show black wallpapers and time.

By default, iPhone 14 Pro's always-on display shows a dimmed wallpaper with notifications underneath. You can tap the display or swipe up from the bottom to wake it up.

In iOS 16.2 beta 3, a new setting has been added to address these complaints.

What's new

This the new option can be found in the Settings app and then under “Display & Brightness” menu. In this menu, click “Always on display”. option and you will see three options. By default, the iPhone 14 Pro's always-on display dims the lock screen when you lock your device or leave it idle, while keeping useful information like the time, widgets, and notifications. ;

However, in iOS 16.2 beta 3, Apple has added two new toggles: one to disable “show wallpapers” function, and another to disable “show notifications”

If you disable the wallpaper and notification features, your iPhone 14 Pro's always-on display will show a clean black design next to the lock screen widgets and the time. This is similar to what is offered by many Android devices and should help resolve complaints from some iPhone 14 users.

This is also similar to the workaround introduced in iOS 16 that required your iPhone to be running in &#8220 mode ;Do Not Disturb” to dim the always-on display and basically stop the wallpaper from popping up.

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