120Hz ProMotion displays have been on the rumor table for the last two years, but this year we are actually getting it. As far as we knew, all rumors are pointing towards the Pro devices getting 120Hz, leaving the base models at the typical 60Hz. Not only do the leaks and rumors point to that, but also common sense tells us that would be the case.
But what about next year? What about iPhone 14? (or whatever the hell it will be called)
According to a new report from The Elec — who has a pretty solid accuracy rating of 75% on AppleTrack.com — they claim that even LG, who provides display panels for Apple’s iPhone, will be converting their production lines to supply LTPO panels capable of 120Hz for the entire iPhone 14 lineup.
“If the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max feature a “punch-hole” screen design, the high-end models of the lineup will be further differentiated from the non-Pro devices. That differentiation may provide Apple with leeway to expand the 120Hz refresh rate to all models without potentially devaluing the prestige its “Pro” devices hold“– The Elec
That would leave both Samsung and LG providing Apple with 120Hz panels for the 2022 lineup of iPhones.
The explanation: Since the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are expected to be removing the notch in favor of a hole-punch display (according to Ming-Chi Kuo) the hole-punch will be enough to separate the Pro vs. Base models, and 120Hz won’t need to be used as a “pro-only” feature.
Normally, I’d say this sounds like something that Apple wouldn’t do, but if The Elec is saying it, there’s a good chance that it’s accurate.