How iOS 16 Wallpapers Work on ‘iPhone 14 Pro’ Always-On Display

The folks over at 9to5Mac have just dug up some new system wallpapers in the latest iOS 16 beta 4 release, which are ready for the highly-anticipated always-on display expected to debut in the ‘iPhone 14 Pro’ models.

Always on

For those who don’t know, the always-on display technology is currently found in Apple Watch Series 5 and later as well as some Android phones. It allows the system to keep showing some information on the screen like the clock while consuming very little battery power.

Since this year’s iPhone Pro devices will reportedly debut a new variable refresh rate display that goes down to 1Hz per second, they should be able to support an always-on display without consuming too much power.

iOS 16 no longer uses static images as wallpapers but instead features wallpapers with multi-layered vectors rendered in real-time.


The source has discovered that in addition to the regular vectors, the native wallpapers also have a new state labeled “Sleep,” which has very dark and faded elements (as shown above).

Wallpapers in this state are quite similar to the Apple Watch faces with always-on enabled. The clock and widgets chosen by the user will also be visible when the screen is off.

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