Latest leaks indicate new iPhones may have always-on screens, like Apple’s Watch

A new report from BloombergMark Gurman says the 2021 iPhone may have an always-on screen similar to Apple’s Watch, and Android phones have had it for a while. Gurman wrote in his Power On Newsletter that the phones will have improved battery life, a smaller screen notch, better video recording, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a faster A15 chip.

It’s not the first time a leak has suggested Apple is working on always-on displays for upcoming iPhones. Leaker Max Weinbach hinted earlier this year that Apple could use the same kind of LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) panels that its watches have on future iPhones.

That suits BloombergEarlier reports that “at least one” of the four new iPhones will include an LTPO screen. The technology dynamically adjusts Watches’ screen refresh rates to conserve battery life. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said earlier this year that the Pro iPhones coming this year would have LTPO displays and 120Hz refresh rates.

In addition to the possibility of always-on iPhone displays, Gurman reported that Apple is likely to announce new MacBook Pros this fall, “between September and November at the latest.” The computers will go into production in the third quarter, he added.