The iPhone 13 Pro is slated to boast an always-on feature for its 120Hz ProMotion display
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Leaks concerning 2021’s crop of iPhones have seen a number of twists and turns, the least of which concern whether they will be called the 13 or 12s series. However, the latest rumor, coming courtesy of the XDA contributor Max Weinbach via a new EverythingApplePro video, asserts that a major trend in smartphones is finally to be adopted by them this year.
Always-on displays, pioneered by Samsung, have become hot features due to their ability to keep the user updated to a device’s status at a glance. They are strongly associated with AMOLED displays, as they can leave pixels on over an otherwise black background. They were well-received when they came to Apple Watches in their fifth generation, but have yet to make it to iPhones.
Now, according to Weinbach, the Cupertino giant might get around to finalizing them by the time a 2021 mobile Special Event is due. Then again, iPhone always-on displays might prove relatively basic compared to other experiences like those of newer OxygenOS versions, only offering widgets such as clocks and battery-bars.
In other iPhone news, the 12 Pro and Pro Max’s successors are also now said to improve on another popular feature: matte rear panels. The leaker suggests that the finish might turn out to be something like Google’s work for the Pixel 5. Therefore, it might have some kind of enhanced texture for increased grip. Finally, there are vague hints that this new treatment might be applied to titanium cases in future iPhones.