The iPhone 12 Pro series is brilliant in almost every way. But it lacks the 90Hz or 120Hz display refresh rate that most of its Android competitors offer. Apple fans were expecting ProMotion display on the iPhone 12 series to match the flagship models from Android rivals. A new report claims that Apple is preparing to bring the ProMotion display technology to the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models next year.
LG Display ramping up production
Multiple reports have indicated that the 2021 iPhone 13 lineup would look similar to this year’s iPhone 12 line. There will be four models and all of them would support 5G connectivity.
Korean publication The Elec has learned from its sources that the high-end version of the iPhone 13 would sport OLED display with low-power LPTO technology. The feature will likely be exclusive to the Pro and Pro Max versions.
According to The Elec, LG Display is ramping up production of its factory lines dedicated to Apple to make the LTPO display. LG Display is expanding its E6-1 and E6-2 factory lines in Paju, South Korea. The increased capacity will be dedicated to producing screens for the 2021 and 2022 iPhones. Once LG expands the existing lines, it will begin construction of a third E6-3 line.
The Korean company is currently installing equipment to produce 5,000 substrates a month. It will eventually produce 25,000 substrates a month. LG Display will begin a second round of expansion in May 2021, but it will be aimed at the 2022 iPhone 14 range.
What to expect from the iPhone 13 Pro display?
The low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) technology is responsible for turning individual pixels on and off on the display. It would make the devices more energy efficient, providing a longer battery life. The LTPO technology would also bring Apple’s ProMotion display to the iPhone 13.
Apple first introduced the ProMotion technology with the iPad Pro in 2017. The feature enables a variable refresh rate from as low as 1Hz when the device is inactive to improve battery life, to as high as 120Hz to deliver an immersive gaming and video watching experience.
The Apple Watch Series 6 also has the LTPO display, which allows it to offer the same 18 hours of battery life despite the Always-on Display functionality. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Z Fold 2 already use the LTPO displays.