Apple was in a dilemma last year whether to launch the iPhone 12 series with a 5G connection or 120Hz display. The company choose the former and was heavily criticized for it. If everything works according to the report we had, Apple might finally an iPhone with a 120Hz refresh rate.
According to an analyst’s report, the upcoming iPhone 13 series will now feature a 120Hz display. Research shows that the Samsung Display’s A3 factory line which originally supplies Apple with their LTPS OLED panels will now switch to LTPO panels.
Those LTPO panels were originally developed for the company’s smartwatch. Unlike the LTPS, it allows precise control of the frame rate while using less power to boot.
The disadvantage or rather downside is that these LTPO panels are harder to manufacture. This is why production is expected to fall to 70,000 panels (LTPO) per month from 105,000 panels (LTPS).
This report did not state which or how many devices under the iPhone 13 series will feature this 120Hz display. However, Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will get a 120Hz display while the iPhone 13 and 13 mini will likely stick with the 60Hz display.
Apple is expected to return to its normal schedule of September after the Covid-19 Pandemic pushed the iPhone 12 series release to October last year, this is according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.
For now, nothing official and with the LTPO panels harder to manufacture, the release of the iPhone 13 series could be push to late September/early October to ramp up production.