iOS 16.4 on the detailed battery consumption of the always-on display

One of the new features of the iPhone 14 Pro is the always-on display, which reduces the refresh rate to 1Hz when the phone is not in use. This allows users to quickly check the time and widgets on the lock screen even when the screen is “off”. This feature has an undeniable impact on battery life, but Apple will soon let users see details about the battery consumption of the always-on display.

Details on the power consumption of always-on batteries

Even if many users have always wanted an always-on display on the iPhone, the feature has its price. In this case it is the higher battery consumption. Even with all optimizations, such as e.g. For example, reducing the screen refresh rate to 1 Hz when the screen is not in use, showing items on the screen still consumes more battery than showing nothing at all.

Since the launch of the iPhone 14 Pro, a number of users have shared tests online comparing battery drain when Always-On is enabled. And for people who really want to know how much battery life the feature is consuming, Apple is making it easier with iOS 16.4.

As 9to5Mac notes in the code of the iOS 16.4 beta released to developers on Thursday, the company is adding details about the battery consumption of the Always-On feature in the Settings app. This means users will see a new category in the battery menu specifically for the always-on display, much like it already shows specific categories for things like Personal Hotspot and No Cell Coverage.

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It’s uncertain at this point if the feature is already enabled in this beta, as it will likely be at least a couple of hours before iOS has enough stats to detail the always-on display’s battery usage. However, this should help users decide whether or not to keep the feature enabled.

According to some comparative tests, the Always-On function can drain up to 20% of the battery of an iPhone 14 Pro in 24 hours. If the user chooses to leave Always-On enabled but without the wallpaper, the phone will consume about 14% of the battery over the same period.

More about iOS 16.4

iOS 16.4 also brings the ability to enable push notifications for web apps, dozens of new emojis, new Shortcuts actions, Apple Music interface optimizations, and more. The first beta is currently only available to registered developers.

Do you spot any changes in today’s iOS 16.4 Beta 1 or iPadOS 16.4 Beta 1 release? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @9to5Mac.

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