iPhone 13 Pro models are expected to launch with 120Hz ProMotion and LPTO OLED always-on displays, as per a new report. The report also goes into details of how Samsung Display expects that Apple will ship 160 million to 180 million iPhone units in 2021, out of which Samsung will provide 140 million OLED displays.
Samsung Display estimates that LG will provide 30 million OLED panels for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models in 2021, while 10 million will be provided by BOE.
120Hz ProMotion and LPTO OLED displays coming to iPhone 13 Pro models
The Elec reports that both BOE and LG have higher estimations compared to Samsung Display’s numbers. LG hopes to ship 40 million, while BOE is planning to ship 20 million OLD displays. LG shipped 20 million OLED displays for iPhones in 2020, while BOE will have to re-apply to become a supplier for 2021, as it failed Apple’s reviews twice in 2020.
The most important detail in The Elec’s report is that iPhone 13 will feature significant upgrades to its OLED panels. iPhone 13 Pro models are expected to move to LPTO technology, which will not only allow for always-on displays, but it will also allow Apple to finally bring 120Hz refresh rate to its smartphones and increase power efficiency.
Next year’s OLED panel used for iPhone 13 will be more technologically sophisticated to make compared to those used in iPhone 12.
Two out of the four models launching next year will use low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LPTO) thin-film transistors (TFT). LPTO technology is needed for the screens to reach 120Hz refresh rate. All four models will use on-cell touch screens as well.
While Samsung Display and LG Display have the technology to provide LPTO OLED panels for iPhone 13, BOE’s technology is not as advanced yet.
The Elec had previously reported too on the inclusion of LPTO display tech in iPhone 13 Pro models.