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The Apple-focused site 9to5Mac reports it discovered multiple references in iOS 16 that suggest support for an always-on display could be in the iPhone’s future. The blog found references to backlight management tools as well as hidden flags for engineers that could allow them to test the feature on an iPhone 13 Pro.
But always-on display support might be limited because the screen’s refresh rate would have to dip down to 10Hz or even lower to use less power; way below the regular iPhone’s typical 60Hz refresh rate. The always-on display for the Apple Watch works at 1Hz which isn’t supported on any current iPhone (the 13 Pro can go as low as 10Hz) and that could mean that it debuts on the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max since it would likely require new hardware.
Apple’s addition of a customizable lock screen in iOS 16 has me hopeful for an overhaul to the Camera app on the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. New professional features like ProRaw and ProRes video recording can make the Camera app interface feel a bit cramped. Perhaps there could be a Pro mode that can be toggled on and off and provide shortcuts to tweak camera settings on the fly. Or maybe Apple will clean up the Camera app’s interface to make it more visually appealing.
Cinematic mode made its debut on the iPhone 13 series and is basically Apple’s take on a Portrait mode for video. While Cinematic mode is fun to use, the results can be hit or miss. It’s reminiscent of when Apple introduced Portrait mode with the iPhone 7 Plus: Initially it worked but wasn’t great. Over several years, Apple improved Portrait mode to the point where it’s actually quite wonderful.
This is all speculation, however, and we won’t know anything about the next iPhone until Apple announces it. But if there’s one certainty, it’s that it will run iOS 16.
There are only a few days left until we get the very likely official announcement about at on Wednesday. We’re also expecting to learn then about the release date for Apple’s next major iPhone operating system — .I could see Cinematic mode getting a boost from the machine learning that powers . That machine learning acceleration combined with a likely new A16 Bionic chip could make Cinematic mode videos look better. Subjects could be more reliably “cut out,” and backgrounds have more of a consistent out-of-focus look. Apple could also use the separation technology to make Cinematic mode do more things akin to Portrait mode like replace the background for a black color or place your subject against a white backdrop.
Visual Look Up could mean a more powerful Cinematic mode
While Apple told us a lot about new features coming to current iPhones, it lacked any specific mention of what to expect from the iPhone 14. That’s not surprising; Apple never discusses new products before announcing them. Sometimes the company reserves certain software announcements for its annual iPhone event so it can debut these features as exclusives for the latest iPhone.
A Pro mode for the Camera app
Without even reading a single rumor, you could guess that the cameras on the iPhone 14 series will be better than those on the iPhone 13 lineup. A lot of those improvements will likely come from
Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone still has one of the best Camera apps on any phone sold today. But much like a family can outgrow a house, the number of features and modes is starting to grow past the app’s original intent.
iOS 16 seems to be no different. Several features look like they have the potential to offer hints as to what we might expect for the iPhone 14 series. One of these clues is actually buried in the code for iOS 16.
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