The refresh rate of 120 Hertz is the standard for flagships in 2020. At least for Android. But Apple should follow suit with the iPhone 13 in 2021. Thanks to the LPTO display, the next iPhone will not only have an always-on display, but also 120 Hertz, according to rumors.
In 2021, Apple should deliver significantly more smartphones with OLED displays, reports the Korean magazine TheElec. Accordingly, the iPhone 13 even receives a screen upgrade to LTPO technology. This would allow up to 120 Hertz and an always-on display. The information apparently comes from Apple’s supply chains.
More OLED iPhones in the coming year
According to a source at Samsung Display, Apple plans to ship between 160 and 180 million new iPhones with OLED panels in the coming year. Most of these screens are manufactured by Samsung, around 30 to 40 million from LG and 10 to 20 million from the Chinese manufacturer BOE.
In addition to the quantity, Apple also wants to increase the quality. For this, Apple relies on LTPO, a technology that makes the display more efficient and enables a variable refresh rate. Such a screen is already used in the Apple Watch Series 6. The smart watch thus saves electricity in standby and at the same time offers a smooth user experience.
iPhone 13 with always-on and 120 Hertz
A 120 Hertz display is not completely unknown at Apple either, as the iPad Pro proves. The group from Cupertino speaks of a pro-motion display. For a long time there have also been rumors about the iPhone 12, according to which the refresh rate should be up to 120 Hertz. As is well known, these have turned out to be wrong. At this point in time, it is still pure speculation whether the iPhone 13 will actually be equipped with Pro Motion.
Two models of the iPhone 13 series are rumored to have an LTPO display. It is very likely that it is the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. This could give the smartphone an always-on display like the Apple Watch. This function is widespread in Android, but in the case of iPhones, the focus has so far been on minimizing power consumption.