With iPhone 13 rumors picking up steam, several reports indicated that Apple’s upcoming iPhone lineup would feature a display with a high refresh rate. More specifically, it was speculated that Apple would use ProMotion displays, capable of reaching 120Hz.
Now, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the tech giant has been granted a patent that relates to a display operating at different refresh rates. This means that an iPhone with a 60Hz display would be able to increase its variable refresh rate to 120Hz, 180Hz, or 240Hz automatically.
Apple wins a patent for displays with variable refresh rates up to 240Hz
According to the document made public, the details do not refer to a new display with a refresh rate set at 240Hz. Rather, it seems that Apple’s new technology will allow the display refresh rate to oscillate dynamically between 60Hz and 240Hz.
Samsung has already incorporated similar technology in its latest flagships, but with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. Apple, on the other hand, wants the next iPhone to change between 60Hz, 120Hz, 180Hz, and 240Hz. This variation in refresh rate will happen automatically based on the type of content the user is viewing. 180Hz or 240Hz will only be reached when warranted, to minimize battery drainage while enhancing user experience.
With the implementation of this technology, the Cupertino tech giant will be able to rival its upcoming iPhone lineup to Android smartphones equipped with features geared towards gaming. These Android smartphones are usually the ones that hit the market with 240Hz refresh rates aimed at offering a better gaming experience to consumers.
Though this patent is exciting news, it is important to note that a patent does not imply that the technology will be launched to the market. Nonetheless, the addition of the technology in the upcoming iPhone series would be a great feature.
via Patently Apple
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