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The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max features an always-on display, and it seems that people believe that this puts a significant dent in battery life. That, or they've been reading one of the many "battery saving tips" posts on the internet that highlight this new feature as a big battery drain.
There's only one way to find out, and that's to do some real-world testing.
There are a few different ways to do real-world testing, but here I decided to make things simple.
For this test I put the iPhone into Airplane Mode and then left it with the display on (and doing nothing) for a couple of hours, made a note of the drop in battery level, and then repeated the test with the display off.
It's quick and simple, and if there was going to be any significant improvement in battery life, it would show up in a couple of hours.
Bottom line, the always-on display makes little difference.
Just to be sure, I repeated the experiment, but this time I ran it for four hours, and again, the difference was negligible.