Digitimes: Apple iPhone 13/Pro to use LTPO display, support 120Hz high refresh rate

Foreign media outlet 9to5 Mac reports that after first appearing on the 2017 iPad Pro, it appears that the 2021 iPhone will finally be upgraded to a ProMotion display.

Now Digitimes is reporting that it confirms a recent claim by Korean media outlet The Elec. The report claims that Apple will use LTPO screen technology in the iPhone 13 series. LTPO’s energy efficiency helps keep the iPhone running at a 120Hz refresh rate, presumably without affecting battery life.

Phoneaccessoriesmall has learned that all iPhone phones so far use a 60Hz display. This means that the content on the screen changes 60 times per second, or every 16ms. 120Hz displays are updated twice as often, or about every 8ms. This allows for more responsive user interaction, such as when scrolling through a list or swiping between pages on the home screen.

ProMotion has been a feature of the iPad Pro line since 2017, even though the iPad uses an LCD rather than an OLED display. Over the past few years, many Android phones have started to feature high refresh rate screens. Now, it’s Apple’s turn to enter the ring with the iPhone.

A common problem encountered on Android is that running at high refresh rates can significantly affect a device’s battery life, and some Android phones will default to 60Hz even though the screen supports 120Hz.

The iPhone 13 series is expected to maintain the same battery life characteristics as the iPhone 12 series. Digitimes says that the iPhone 13 components will actually consume about 15 percent less power than the iPhone 12. This is due in part to the use of the more power-efficient LTPO display.

Apple is expected to release the iPhone 13 series in the fall, around September of this year.

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