Apple 2018 Software Wishlist (28/28): iOS – Always On Display for OLED Devices

If there is one feature that multiple Android devices now have, that the iPhone X does not have, it’s the Always On Display (AOD).

The AOD is where if your phone is locked and put to sleep, the screen will show at least on the Samsung Galaxy S8:

  • Time & Date
  • Battery Percentage
  • Notification Badge Icons

Having this feature on a smartphone, is what would likely reduce half the times people wake up their smartphone to check notifications, time and battery level.

I’m not saying all iPhones and iPads should adopt this feature, but even making it exclusive to devices that have OLED screens like the iPhone X, would make the most sense from a battery life perspective.

OLED screen only turn on the pixels that are required to display content. E.g. watching a movie with black bars use no power, unlike LED/LCD Displays that still require power for the black bars, when displaying any content on the screen.

The AOD would use not even 10% of the pixels on the screen to display the time, battery percentage and notification icons, so it uses less power then waking up your phone to check the details etc.

Another major advantage to the AOD if it were added to the iPhone X, would be that you wouldn’t need to tap the screen to wake it or raise the phone to wake it up to view the details.

Also, battery percentage currently requires tap or raise to wake, then authenticate with your face with Face ID, then swipe down to see Control Centre to view the battery percentage, but the AOD would remove all of these steps as you can just glance at your phone to see the battery percentage.

In short, there are a lot of benefits for Apple to implement an Always On Display, even if it’s only for OLED iPhones and iPads and I bet Apple could do it in a more efficient way given that they fully control the hardware and software for all of their devices.