Alright. It seems that a 120Hz display is finally making its way to Apple’s expensive phones later this year, starting with the iPhone 13 Pro models. We also heard how Apple will use LTPO (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) technology instead of LTPS to achieve the high refresh rates. But what is really interesting is how much Apple relies on arch-rival Samsung to bring the 120 Hz experience to the iPhones 13 series.
According to a report from Korea TheElec (via MacRumors)Samsung Electro-Mechanics will be a major supplier of RFPCB (Rigid Flexible Printed Circuit Boards) for the iPhone 13 Pro Duo. In addition, Samsung is also named the exclusive supplier of LTPO OLED panels, which are essential for reaching the 120Hz screen refresh rate. Production of these panels is expected to start in July.
According to another report, the iPhone 13 Pro models consume 15 to 20% less battery juice despite packaging a 120 Hz OLED display. In case you are not aware, the battery will drain much faster if you set the screen to 90Hz or 120Hz. To solve this problem, LTPO OLED panels used on phones like the Galaxy S21 Ultra are based on a technology called adaptive refresh rate, which automatically adjusts the value of the screen refresh rate.
For example, the value for the screen refresh rate decreases between 1 and 5 Hz when reading, switches to 60 Hz to enjoy videos that were recorded at a high frame rate, and is still used when playing games that are above the 60 fps frame rate higher to allow a smooth viewing experience. Apple isn’t new to this approach as the company has already implemented a similar strategy on the Apple Watch to keep battery consumption under control while bringing an always-on mode to life.
Other leaks predict that Apple will finally shrink the notch on the iPhone 13 series. According to reports, the Face ID components have been scaled down and rearranged, causing the earbud to move up, while the selfie camera has also moved to the right. The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini stay on a normal 60 Hz OLED display.
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