20 January 2021
If you are an iPhone fan waiting for high refresh rate displays similar to Android counterparts, your wait is likely to get over next year. Apple is reportedly ready to launch iPhone 13 Pro models with a 120Hz refresh rate. The report is coming from ETNews claiming that high-end iPhone 13 variants will be able to render twice the number of frames than the current-gen models.
Apple will continue with the strategy of releasing four models with different display sizes. These are expected to be called iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The naming scheme assumption is based on the current-gen names i.e. iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The non-Pro models are tipped to sport LTPS (Low-Temperature Polysilicon) display panels and Pro models will feature LTPO-TFT (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) displays.
This new display panel tech will help Apple to deliver high refresh rate performance while being power efficient at the same time. It was originally rumored to debut with the iPhone 12 lineup but was scrapped as it was not able to match the company's quality standards. It seems like Apple has finally cracked the code and is now ready to mass produce these panels for public release. As of now, the latest iPad Pro is the only Apple product that offers a 120Hz refresh rate aka ProMotion Display.
iPhone 13 series display size and tech:
- iPhone 13 Mini with 5.4-inch LTPS display at 60Hz
- iPhone 13 with 6.1-inch LTPS display at 60Hz
- iPhone 13 Pro with 6.1-inch LTPO display at 120Hz
- iPhone 13 Pro Max with 6.7-inch LTPO display at 120Hz
Samsung and LG will continue to supply display component for the iPhone lineup. The reports are currently divided on what brand will supply components for what models. The good news is that the notch size is expected to get smaller on the next-gen models. Apple had to face delays while launching the iPhone 12 series but iPhone 13 launch is speculated to happen at the usual time of September.