Apple is far from the first to give its users an always-on display. Android phones have had them before year, and it’s even common on affordable models. So when Apple introduced the feature in its pricey iPhone 14 Pro, it had to do something different, specifically choosing to always show your entire wallpaper.
Essentially, whatever your iPhone lock screen shows when it’s “awake” also shows when it’s “asleep”. The time, date, widgets, your notifications and even background wallpaper. Of course, these have dimmed considerably, but it still feels a bit uncomfortable for some users. In the right lighting, it can be difficult to see if your phone is awake or not.
It looks like Apple is giving users the option to change the behavior of the always-on display in iOS 16.2. You can open the Settings app and tap Display and brightness and then Always on displaywhere you’ll find two new toggle switches: ‘Show Wallpaper’ and ‘Show Notifications’
This gives you a little more control over how you want your iPhone 14 Pro’s always-on display to appear. With notifications and wallpaper turned off, your iPhone becomes a blank slate with just the date/time and your row of widgets, reducing distractions and making it more obvious that your phone is in a passive state.
The new feature first appeared with the release of iOS 16.2 beta 3 on November 15. We don’t expect Apple to release iOS 16.2 until December, so this feature could be further refined or even disappear by the time it’s widely released.