Apple iPhone 12 Pro will not come with 120Hz ProMotion Display: Says Analyst

Apple’s iPhone 12 series will not be coming with the upgraded 120Hz ProMotion display, says the display analyst Ross Young. Young previously said that Apple would not implement ProMotion technology until it adopts the low-power LTPO display technology. Apple is expected to implement the ProMotion Technology in iPhone models that will come in 2021.

Ross Young in a recent Tweet said that none of his contacts have been able to corroborate rumors that the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro models will feature 120Hz ProMotion displays, with his sources instead indicating 120Hz technology will be coming in the 2021 iPhone refresh.

There’s been a lot of back and forth on the ProMotion display rumors, with some leakers suggesting 120Hz support is in the works. These rumors were started when a leaker “Ice Universe” said that Apple was be considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate for at least one ‌iPhone‌ in 2020.

A Taiwanese site DigiTimes has also said about Apple’s plans to release an ‌iPhone‌ with a 120Hz display, as have leakers Max Weinbach and Jon Prosser.

The Display expert Ross Young has consistently maintained his statement that Apple will implement ProMotion Displays in 2021 iPhone Models, alongside the adoption of low-power LTPO displays which will allow for a variable refresh rate which will help in preserving the battery life.

Adding the LTPO technology to the 120Hz ProMotion Display will result in an undesirable battery drain, though it’s worth noting the iPad Pro uses ProMotion without LTPO.

Ice Universe also claimed last week that the new iPhone 12 models will offer displays capable of refresh rates up to 120Hz. “A reliable source, if there is no accident, ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro and ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro Max have basically determined the maximum 120Hz refresh rate,” he said.

The accessibility setting in the iOS 14 to limit the frame rate could indicate that the upcoming 2020 iPhone models may support higher frame rates.

The ProMotion technology in the iPad Pro is able to dynamically adjust the display to the movement of content, resulting in more fluid scrolling, smoother motion, and improved responsiveness. The frame rate changes based on the content on the screen, preserving battery life.

After seeing mixed rumors about the ProMotion display technology, we may not know for sure if the new iPhones will have the feature until their debut this fall. Current rumors suggest Apple will be launching the iPhone 12 series in September this year. But some models could be delayed until October or November due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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