Much to the dismay of Apple users, the standard iPhone 14 models will not feature 120Hz LPTO ProMotion panels like the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, refuting earlier reports. Consumers will reportedly have to wait until 2023 for the display technology to be expanded to all models in the iPhone 15 lineup.
ProMotion will not be featured in iPhone 14 models across the board
While the Pro variants in the iPhone 13 lineup saw the addition of 120Hz ProMotion technology to its display, it may not be expanded to all models in the upcoming flagship iPhone lineup. Currently, iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are the only iPhones with LTPO OLED displays that allow them to ramp up their refresh rate to 120Hz. However, they can also go down to as low as 10Hz, depending on the content being displayed on the screen. This helps with conserving energy and battery life longevity.
In a Twitter thread about the camera hole design for the iPhone 14 Pro models, analyst Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants responded to a question about the non-Pro models and whether the addition of ProMotion to the displays should be expected in 2022. Young said that is not a possibility.
The analyst explained that “since BOE doesn’t have enough LTPO capacity” and has yet to ship any LTPO panels,” it would be “quite risky” for the Cupertino tech giant to expand the technology this year. However, it could arrive “maybe in 2023,” according to Young.
No since BOE doesn’t have enough LTPO capacity and have yet to ship any LTPO panels. Would be quite risky. Maybe in 2023…
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) January 15, 2022
In December, it was reported that LG Display won orders of low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistor (TFT) OLED panels for Apple’s next-generation 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max model, for the first time. However, LG will be sharing iPhone 14 Pro Max display orders with Samsung.
Apple is expected to release four iPhone 14 models this year, including two 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch standard models and two 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Pro models. Other rumors about the upcoming lineup include the devices featuring a hole + pill design, a 48-megapixel camera, and 8K video capture. The 2022 iPhone lineup will also get rid of the camera bumps, feature a new A16 Bionic chip, heavier titanium casing, and a 2TB storage variant.