Using this iOS 17 feature, the iPhone 15 Pro will allow you to use it as a smart display

The new Apple Watch Series 9, the second-generation Apple Watch Ultra, and possibly new AirPods Pro with a USB-C charging case will all be unveiled by Apple on September 12 at its ‘Wonderlust’ event. Despite all the leaks we’ve seen, including those of the A17 Bionic chipset and the external finish, iOS 17 and its new features like StandBy aren’t getting much attention.

The StandBy feature on the iPhone was first introduced at the WWDC 2023 keynote and enables your smartphone to work as a smart display when placed horizontally while charging. When the iPhone is charging in landscape mode, it offers ‘glanceable information’ that can be readily seen from a distance.

The availability of the always-on display feature for the regular iPhone 15 models or just the iPhone 15 Pro models is still up in the air. It only works with the iPhone 14 Pro versions for now. To display information on other iPhone models, you must physically touch the screen. On the other side, the StandBy display will automatically turn on and stay on while the iPhone 14 Pro and probably the iPhone 15 Pro are charging.

Utilizing This Feature:

You won’t have to do anything to activate an iPhone 15 model if you just lay it on its side in landscape position as it charges. You will need to either update your device to the iOS 17 Public/Developer beta or simply wait for the stable release, which is anticipated later this month, if you are currently using an iPhone from the 14 series.

Users simply need to lay their iPhone horizontally while it charges using a wireless charger that is compatible (which may function best with MagSafe-compatible units), a stand, or any stable surface once they have finished.

A smart display for the iPhone 15 Pro?

Users will be able to select from a variety of StandBy modes, including widgets, photos, and clocks, even though this feature is still in its early stages. Information is shown differently in each mode. You can select from analog, digital, world, float, and solar clock styles when using the clock mode, for instance.