Doubling the screen refresh rate for iPhones has been rumored on the rumor in recent months. As with the iPad Pro with the arrival of ProMotion, Apple’s smartphone could increase to 120 frames per second, double what we’ve had so far. Nevertheless, will this function really arrive on the 2020 range?
Ross Young, an analyst specializing in the screen industry, persists and signs: it will be necessary to wait until 2021. This is a position he had already defended in a previous rumor, still with the same argument. Apple wouldn’t want to double the frame rate on its iPhones if it hurts the battery life of smartphones. Without the LTPO technology, the conditions would not be met and Samsung, which supplies the OLED panels for the iPhone, could not offer it this year.
LTPO technology is already used by Apple on the Apple Watch Series 5, precisely because it reduces the consumption of an OLED panel and allows it to leave the watch screen always on. Among its other advantages, it simplifies the management of the display frequency and makes it possible to increase it easily, but also to reduce it on demand. On the watch, the frequency can go down to one frame per second to conserve the battery. On a smartphone, you could imagine that the actual frequency would vary constantly as needed.
Ross Young sources say regular Apple suppliers have no plans to supply 120 Hz OLED panels this year. This prompted him to confirm his previous information and reiterate that the 2021 iPhones should be the first to benefit. Which would mean that Apple is lagging behind the industry, which is expected to switch en masse to this technology. But with the advantage, a priori, to offer similar autonomy.
The iPad Pro passed to 120 Hz with an LCD panel and therefore without LTPO. But on tablets, Apple can afford to pack a much larger battery than on the iPhone, which may partly explain the difference.