The concept of an always-on display certainly isn’t new to the smartphone space, but it’s something that Apple has yet to offer for its iPhone lineup despite adopting truly jaw-dropping OLED displays starting with the iPhone X in 2018.
For jailbreakers, an always-on display has always been achievable thanks to popular tweaks like AOD, Glow, and Tritium, but with many of these releases demanding money out of users’ wallets, some have been reluctant to try them.
That’s one reason why we’re particularly excited about a new and free release dubbed Déjà Vu by iOS developer Litten, as it brings an always-on display experience to the iOS platform at no additional charge to the end user.
Just like other always-on display tweaks, Déjà Vu appears to be battery-conscious, ensuring that the bulk of the colors that appear on your display at any given time are dark and OLED-friendly. It puts the majority of its focus on the Lock Screen’s date and time display, but also shows missed notifications when applicable.
Once installed, Déjà Vu adds a dedicated preference pane to the Settings app where users can easily configure the tweak however they see fit:
The primary preference pane offers a means of toggling Déjà Vu on or off on demand in addition to accessing a tree of other options including aesthetic configuration and behavioral settings.
Users may also take advantage of a convenient option to reset all their settings to their defaults and respring their handset to save any changes they’ve made.
Digging deeper, we’ll show you what can be done from each of the different panes:
Here, you can:
- Only use always-on display when your handset is connected to a power source
- Disable always-on display when your handset is connected to a power source
- Deactivate always-on display with a tap
- Deactivate always-on display with Raise to Wale
- Deactivate always-on display with a timer (counted in minutes)
- Enable or disable haptic feedback
- Configure haptic feedback strength
- Enable or disable biometric authentication
- Enable or disable pocket detection to prevent false activation
- Enable or disable pixel shift to prevent screen burn-in
- Enable Low Power Mode when always-on display shows
Here, you can:
- Hide the Status Bar when the always-on display shows
- Hide the Face ID padlock when the always-on display shows
- Hide the date and time when the always-on display shows
- Hide the Lock Screen’s Quick Actions when the always-on display shows
- Hide the unlock text when the always-on display shows
- Hide the Home Bar when the always-on display shows
As you can see, the tweak is built with lots of juicy configurations so that you can enjoy it however you see fit.
Those interested in giving the new Déjà Vu tweak a try can download it for free from Litten’s repository via their favorite package manager. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS iOS 14 and 14 devices and looks the best on OLED-equipped handsets – although it will work with LCD displays, you can expect more battery drain on devices with those.
If you’re not already using Litten’s repository, then you can add it to it your package manager using the following URL:
Do you plan to give Déjá Vu a try, or do you not have an interest in an always-on display for your iPhone? Let us know down in the comments section below.