The iPhone 13 is on track for Apple's usual September launch by all accounts. Amongst the plethora of upgrades we're expecting to see this year is the always-on display (AOD) that Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 6 users will be familiar with.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman shared the tip in his newsletter (opens in new tab) (via MacRumors (opens in new tab)), saying that the iPhone 13 lineup will sport bigger batteries, and better displays, with a 120Hz refresh rate and AOD. For the uninitiated, an always-on display feature can let you check the time, date, notifications, and much more without having to touch your phone.
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AOD is a common feature of Samsung smartphones, like the Galaxy S21, and has a barely perceptible drain on the battery. Paired with the adaptive refresh rate of that particular device, you get a 120Hz display when you need it, and can glance at your handset for updates rather than having to interact with it to bring it to life. And your battery isn't going to suffer as a result.
Apple is only just on the cusp of catching up to the competition with its displays; the iPhone 13 will be the first to break out of the 60Hz box, but even then, that'll just be for the premium models. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will be stuck with 60Hz, according to what we've heard so far.
There are a ton of other improvements headed to the iPhone 13 this year if the leaks and rumours so far are to be believed. My top five rumoured iPhone 13 features include the upgraded screen, as well as a smaller notch; but being a notch-hater, I'll probably sit out the iPhone 13 and wait for the iPhone 14 which is said to be be scrapping the notch at last, in favour of a holepunch camera.
Meanwhile, Samsung, Oppo, and Xiaomi are readying under-display cameras and foldable smartphones, with the two coming together for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 this year. No doubt we'll see Apple catch up to that a few years down the line, as it seems pretty happy to stick with what it knows over the prospect of rolling out its smartphones with fresh tech.