Display analyst refutes claim that the iPhone 12 will have a 120Hz display
What you need to know
- Display analyst Ross Young believes LTPO tech is not coming to iPhone in 2020.
- The technology is thought to be critical in bringing ProMotion to the iPhone.
- It is unclear if Apple will introduce ProMotion to the iPhone without the technology.
Over the weekend, EverythingApplePro released a video, courtesy of leaks from Max Weinbach, that claimed Apple's iPhone 12 would be getting a 120Hz ProMotion display.
A ProMotion display on the iPhone is currently thought to be possible because Apple would adopt its LTPO technology from the Apple Watch. As reported back in 2019, Apple would be partnering with Samsung Display to bring ProMotion to the iPhone
Display analyst Ross Young, however, disagrees with Weinbach and says that the only flagship phone in 2020 to feature an LTPO display will be the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note20+.
I meant only one flagship in 2020 will have LTPOI meant only one flagship in 2020 will have LTPO— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 11, 2020May 11, 2020
According to Young, Apple will not feature LTPO in its iPhone until 2021, a technology that is thought to be crucial in order to bring the 120Hz ProMotion display to the iPhone.
About Display Technology. With LTPO, you can vary the display refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz based on the content. In always on mode, 1Hz. In gaming modes, 120Hz. Big power advantage for Samsung. Apple won't have LTPO until 2021.About Display Technology. With LTPO, you can vary the display refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz based on the content. In always on mode, 1Hz. In gaming modes, 120Hz. Big power advantage for Samsung. Apple won't have LTPO until 2021.— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 11, 2020May 11, 2020
The iPad Pro has featured a ProMotion display without LTPO technology since its redesign in 2018, so it is possible Apple could bring ProMotion to the iPhone 12, but even more features, like an always-on display, to future iPhones once LTPO technology is introduced.
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