Apple Watch Series 4 May Indeed Feature an Always-on Display Mode

Recently filed Apple watch patent hints towards an always-on display mode.

Apple Watch Series 4 Always-on Display Mode

Apple Watch may end up getting an always-on display mode. The all-new smartwatch from the Cupertino giant is expected to be unveiled later today alongside the new iPhones. The always-on display mode was much sought after feature from fans and media across the globe, and if rumors are to be believed Apple will end up including it in the new smartwatch.

Very recently Qualcomm introduced its Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform for Wear OS powered devices, and also showcased support for new watch modes, one of which closely mimicked the always-on display mode seen in modern day smartphone. Currently, Apple Watch users need to turn on the screen to view time. The addition of always-on mode on the Apple Watch Series 4 will make it more intuitive and help it look more like a premium timepiece rather than just a smartwatch. Apple has so far disabled the feature to reduce OLED burn-in and improved on the battery life of the smartwatch.

Apple Watch Patent Application Indicates Towards The Presence of an Always-on Display Mode

Just in case, Apple indeed ends up debuting a smartwatch with an always-on display, we can definitely expect it to come with an all-new dedicated wearable chip. Otherwise, it would be virtually impossible for the company to offer a decent battery life with new Watch 4 series. It is believed that Apple might opt for Qualcomm’s strategy of running the always-on mode on a secondary co-processor to help reduce the toll of battery performance.

A report by Patently Apple reveals the Cupertino based firm has filed a new patent regarding a workaround for the OLED burn-in issue. Interestingly, Apple isn’t really working on preventing the burn-in, rather it would adjust the brightness and contrast of the OLED to compensate for damage over time. Additionally, the patent separately talks about a new anti-aliasing technique that would come in handy for smoothening out the appearance of images on a curved screen.

Apple Watch Series 4: Expected Features, Launch Date

The Apple Watch Series 4, that is set to debut in a few hours time, is rumored to come with an all-new edge-to-edge display. Leaks suggest that Apple has included a 15% bigger displays in its upcoming Series 4 smartwatches. Moreover, a leaked render of the Apple Watch not only confirms the presence of a markedly larger display but also hints at a denser watch face.


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