Leaks suggest the latest iPhone 13 upgrade you might be waiting for. The 2nd generation iPad Pro offered an interesting screen upgrade that wasn’t available anywhere else in Apple’s ecosystem of iOS and macOS devices. Neither it was available only any competing devices. This is a 120Hz refresh rate feature that Apple is calling ProMotion. We have been anxious for ProMotion to arrive on the iPhone ever since, especially considering that most Android smartphone vendors have had higher screen rates on their screens. It began with those latest gaming devices with incredible specs. And then, the 90Hz and 120Hz displays became mainstream and much of the Android flagships will be shipped with high refresh rate displays.
The issue with 90Hz and 120Hz screens is their high energy consumption than 60Hz panels, as a result, poor battery life is evident. Previous-gen handsets such as Galaxy S20 and Pixel 4 proved are its examples. It is the battery life that stopped iPhone 12 series from getting the ProMotion upgrade, even rumors claimed that this time Apple was about to consider 120Hz screen tech for its launches. Recently, iPhone 13 was being claimed in rumors to be coming with this new screen tech of 120Hz, but later it was said that it would be the iPhone 13 Pro Max to feature this. Now, the latest report reveals that more iPhone 13 devices may enjoy the screen upgrade that was long being waited for.
Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide (LTPO) is the display that was extensively rumored to be seen in iPhone 13 that mentioned 120 screens. This technology was invented by Apple for Apple Watch Series 4. Eventually, LTPO appeared on the Apple Watch Series 5, opening doors for Apple to offer an always-on display for the first time. This tech helped Apple to reduce the refresh rate to 1Hz. The Apple Watch Series 5 still have the same one-day battery estimate as to its predecessors even the new always-on display feature.
As per reports, Apple uses the same LTPO tech on the iPhone 13 series. The software will adapt the rate dynamically based on what the user is doing. Gaming sessions and other uses that ensure a high refresh rate should be hitting 120Hz automatically. However, the refresh rate could drop for other activities, such as reading text and always-on functionality such as the Apple Watch.
LTPO tech doesn’t nourish battery life as Samsung is using its version of LTPO screens for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The screen provides the same refresh rate, and battery life improved than the Galaxy S20 versions. Moreover, OnePlus also offered the feature on its latest OnePlus 9 Pro.
Heard some rumors in the industry and media that there would only be one LTPO model from Apple later this year. Can confirm that is not the case. Apple fans can relax!
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) April 16, 2021
Display tech analyst, Ross Young has been briefing for various devices on Twitter, and the latest one concerns the iPhone 13’s LPTO tech:
“Heard some rumors in the industry and media that there would only be one LTPO model from Apple later this year. Can confirm that is not the case. Apple fans can relax!”
Though, cannot be verified, this leak makes more sense for Apple to add 120Hz displays to both Pro versions, not merely the Max. the iPhone 12 Pro Max came with an exclusive feature in 2020, sensor-shift optical image stabilization which is now coming on all iPhone 13 versions in 2021.
We lack circumstantial proves in the support of the idea that the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will feature a ProMotion screen.
Firstly, in mid-March, a different analyst said that the iPhone 13 phones are going to have bigger capacity batteries — from Ming-Chi Kuo’s note to clients:
“The new 2H21 iPhone models feature a larger battery capacity than the iPhone 12 series, thanks to the space-saving design of many components. Hence, the new 2H21 iPhone models are also slightly heavier than the iPhone 12. The space-saving design includes integrating the SIM card slot with the mainboard, reducing the front optical modules’ thickness, etc.”
Then, a leak was found based on purported 3D schemes for all four iPhone 13 models- showing their same overall design as their previous generation. All those will have larger and thicker camera modules on the back, repositioned cameras (only for the non-Pro phones), narrower notches, and a repositioned SIM tray.
So, we knew through these leaks that iPhone 13 model will be a bit thicker but the same in length and width. In the same way, the iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and the iPhone 13 mini will be some thicker than their iPhone 12 equivalents –an extra 0.2mm in thickness, on average, for all four devices.
Perhaps the company is trying to compensate for the increased rear-camera bump thickness. It may also be useful in increasing battery capacity. Compared to OLED panels in iPhone 12, The LTPO panels are more energy-efficient. However, the iPhone 12 devices can take advantage of big battery packs to provide a battery life similar to their predecessors, at least – despite the 120Hz display upgrade.
Collectively, all these leaks suggest that at least, two iPhone 13 models will come with 120Hz displays, the ProMotion screen upgrade.