Low refresh rate in iPhone 12 display
- 21 Sep, 2020
The iPhone 12 series was rumoured to get the premium, smooth 120Hz ProMotion display on the high-end Pro models, but the information is in doubt now. According to reports, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max were supposed to get these screens. In fact, the new iPad Pro boasts a 120Hz refresh rate and Apple calls this tech ProMotion. This indicated positively that options to move beyond the 60Hz could be provided with the new models, at least the successors of iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Some previous leaks have also suggested that we will be seeing the 120Hz display on the new iPhone models, but there is speculation that Apple might bring the 12 series with the existing display panels. The tech giant had also dropped hints on the existence of a 120Hz display on the iPhone 12 series through the iOS 14 developer beta 5 but later revised the decision.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo adds to this speculation that the 120Hz refresh rate is most likely to debut on 2021 iPhones. According to his latest research notes, the reason is that it will affect the battery life of the iPhones. A higher refresh rate does reduce battery life on smartphones, and the new iPhones are not prepared to handle the drop. In order to fix that, Apple will employ the LTPO display technology which gobbles less power, and with this, it will introduce 120Hz refresh rate on the 2021 iPhone models.
In addition to this, Ross Young, a display analyst, claims that Apple lacks the technology required to make this high refresh rate work on the upcoming phones. He had recently revealed facts and details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2 lately and is seen as one of the most reliable sources of information on smartphone displays around. In his claims, he clearly mentions that only one phone in 2020 will have the LTPO technology which is absolutely necessary to offer a 120Hz refresh rate and a decent battery lid, and that will be Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus. LTPO, as explained above, is a display backing component which allows the device to run at a wide variety of refresh rates, implying that it only needs to use the power-intensive 120Hz mode when necessary, while using a lower refresh rate for other miscellaneous activities.
Furthermore, another interesting point to be mentioned in the presence of a slimmed-down notch and faster Face ID that works at different angles in the new models, so you might be able to unlock the iPhone without lifting it off the table. Isn’t that just so exciting?