Samsung will be the sole supplier of LTPO OLED displays for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max in 2021, according to a recent report from TheElec.
There were a ton of reports ahead of the launch of Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup alleging that the high-end models in the lineup could feature 120Hz ProMotion displays, but later in the rumor cycle, it became apparent that this feature would be delayed.
iPhone 13 Pro might be getting a 120Hz display using Samsung’s LTPO technology
Apple’s rumored usage of LTPO display technology would allow it to add 120Hz refresh rate on iPhone 13 Pro, amongst other future models. As today’s report notes:
“Samsung Display will be the exclusive supplier used by Apple for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels used in the two highest tier models of its next iPhone, TheElec has learned.
Both models of iPhone 13 will use low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistors (TFT) OLED panels made by Samsung Display.
Apple’s iPhone 13 will have four models and all of them will use OLED panels. The top two models will use LTPO OLED that can support 120Hz refresh rate.”
As per the report, the ‘Pro’ variant of the iPhone 13 will get 120Hz displays, whereas the regular iPhone 13 will not. The report goes on to state that LG will start supplying displays in 2022, and Apple plans to use LTPO OLED displays for “all its iPhone models” next year.
The main benefit of using LTPO technology would be in terms of power efficiency. The technology helps to reduce power consumption, which in turn would allow Apple to implement features such as an always-on display, or a 120Hz refresh rate in future iPhone 13 Pro models
Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6 models already use LPTO display technology, which permits them to have an up-to-18-hour battery life even while sporting an always-on display.