After its first appearance on the iPad Pro in 2017, it seems that the iPhone will finally get the ProMotion display in 2021. A Digitimes report now confirms the recent statement of South Korean media, The Elec. The report claims that Apple will use LTPO screen technology in the iPhone 13 series. The energy efficiency of LTPO helps keep the iPhone running at a refresh rate of 120Hz, probably without affecting battery life.
So far, all iPhone phones use 60Hz display screens, even the latest iPhone 12 series. This means that the content on the screen changes 60 times per second, or once every 16ms. The update frequency of the 120Hz display is double what Apple already has, that is, it is updated approximately every 8ms. This makes user interaction more sensitive. Users will feel the difference significantly when scrolling through lists or sliding between pages on the home screen.
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Since 2017, ProMotion has been a major feature of the iPad Pro series, even though the iPad uses an LCD instead of an OLED display. In the past few years, many Android phones have adopted high refresh rate screens. Now, it’s Apple’s turn to enter this circle with the iPhone 13.
A common problem encountered on Android systems is that running at a high refresh rate will significantly affect the battery life of the device. Some Android phones will use 60Hz by default even if the screen supports 120Hz.
The expectations are that the iPhone 13 series will maintain the same battery life characteristics as the iPhone 12 series. According to Digitimes, the power consumption of the iPhone 13 components will actually be about 15% lower than that of the iPhone 12. Part of the reason is due to the use of a more power-efficient LTPO display.
Furthermore, there are reports that Apple will use an on-screen fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 13. For a long time, Apple has not used the fingerprint biometric feature. The American manufacturer has never used a fingerprint sensor on a screen. However, Apple is developing this feature and it will be a bit different from what Android manufacturers are using. Apple may actually put the sensor on the screen rather than under the screen.
Following Apple’s launch trend, we expect the company to release the iPhone 13 series in the fall. This is around September this year.