iOS 16.2 : When Apple released its long-awaited software upgrade, iOS 16, it prepared the way for some new iPhone capabilities that have been available on Android smartphones for years. But it appears like Apple is doing everything it can to distinguish out, even if the features aren’t truly unique to the iPhone.

Apple has so far issued two software updates to its original iOS 16, and according to recent rumors, the Cupertino-based tech company has now launched the third beta version of iOS 16.2, which introduces modifications to the iPhone’s always-on display function.


The iOS 16.2 Beta 3 update allows iPhone users to disable the display of wallpaper and notifications on the Apple smartphone’s always-on display. According to 9To5Mac, the iPhone 14 Pro’s always-on display defaults to a faded version of the wallpaper with alerts at the bottom.

The new feature is available in the ‘Display and Brightness’ menu of the ‘Settings’ program. The company has included two new toggles to iOS 16.2 beta 3: one that disables the ‘show wallpaper’ feature and another that disables the ‘show notifications’ feature.

If the user disables the wallpaper and notifications functionalities on iOS 16.2, the device’s always-on display will be completely dark. When the wallpaper option on the iPhone is removed, the phone switches to a black screen while in AOD mode, and just the time, date, and any other widget chosen by the user appear on the screen.

The new addition to Apple’s AOD feature is now the default option on the majority of Android smartphones. However, the update is supposed to improve the battery life and endurance of the iPhone 14 Pro with iOS 16.2.

More user-friendly

With the notifications turned off, the display screen will be less cluttered and appear smoother and cleaner. Meanwhile, Apple has begun work on a new ‘Custom Accessibility’ mode for iOS 16.2 in order to provide a more streamlined user experience. It aims to make the iPhone and iPad interface more user-friendly for those who find it overly complicated.

The displays in Apple’s latest flagship iPhones, which can reduce refresh rates to 1 Hz, are theoretically efficient enough to support this quasi-AOD on iOS 16.2. However, many iPhone 14 Pro series owners’ experiences contradict this, with Tom’s Guide claiming that using AOD on the iPhone 14 Pro costs up to 50% of battery life per day. Fortunately, it appears that Apple is already working on a more traditional AOD option, which could be available in iOS 16.2.

The official iOS 16.2 Beta 3 is now available for testing and is 679MB in size. It includes a number of bug fixes and enhancements. Users can find details in the official release notes.

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