Does iPhone 15 come with Always On Display?

The iPhone 15 lineup is now official and will be available in the market within two weeks. Since most premium phones offer an Always on Display feature, you might be wondering if the iPhone 15 also has Always on display or not. We’ll address that here.

Currently, Always on Display is viewed as an useful but not essential feature. It provides basic information without the need to interact with your phone, offering convenience and a clean display look. Even though it’s a small feature, users appreciate having it on their devices.

iPhone 15, particularly the Pro models, are premium iPhones. For paying a hude amount, users expect to have access to every possible feature, including the Always on Display (AOD). This year, Apple has integrated some features on iPhone 15 base model from the iPhone 14 Pro. The iPhone 14 Pro supports AOD. Therefore, the question arises: has AOD also been inherited by the iPhone 15 from the iPhone 14 Pro? Let’s find out.

Does iPhone 15 have Always On Display

Yes and No. Why both? Let me explain.

The base models, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15, do not include the Always on Display feature. To support this feature, the device’s display should be compatible with Always on Display functionality

Whereas the Pro models, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, do come with the Always on Display. This is attributed to the fact that the Pro Models are equipped with the best displays among all iPhone models and its eligible for AOD.

Pro Models have 120Hz ProMotion display, means it go as low as 1Hz when screen is not in use and up to 120Hz when its required. This allowed Apple to provide Always on Display without costing too much battery.

Unfortunately if you have the iPhone 15 base model, you won’t be able to enjoy the Always On Display feature. Maybe Apple will bring AOD to next year’s base model. But this is Apple we are talking about so don’t expect much.

iPhone Always on Display History

Apple introduced the Always On Display feature last year, so it’s still new to iPhones. The first devices to get the AOD feature are the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Always On Display on the iPhone wasn’t as clean as the AOD on Android phones before. On the iPhone, AOD dims the entire lockscreen, and so the wallpaper as well as other information remains visible when AOD is enabled, but at a lower brightness. But with later software updates, Apple added options to hide wallpapers and notifications from AOD.

Apple has customized AOD on iPhone quite well and hence it does not impact the battery much. AOD turns off automatically and comes back on automatically when required. The display goes completely black when:

  • Your iPhone is lying face down
  • Your iPhone is in your pocket or bag
  • Sleep Focus is on
  • Low Power Mode is on
  • Your iPhone is connected to CarPlay
  • You’re using Continuity Camera
  • You haven’t used your iPhone for a while (your iPhone learns your activity patterns and turns the display off and on accordingly, including if you set up an alarm or sleep schedule)
  • Your iPhone detects that you moved away from it with a paired Apple Watch (Always-On display will turn on when your Apple Watch is close to your iPhone again)

How to Enable AOD on iPhone 15 Pro

The feature is enabled by default. But if you turned it off by mistake and don’t remember the settings, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Go to Display & Brightness > Always on Display.
  3. Here you can turn on or turn off the AOD.
  4. Also you can choose to show wallpaper & notifications or hide them.

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Ashutosh singh

Computer Science graduate and tech enthusiast. Love testing new tech gadgets ever since my first windows phone from Samsung. Working as a technical writer for more than five years, and I believe I have also developed good SEO skills. In my spare time, I like watching movies, and playing games.

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