iPhone 12 Pro Display will lack 120Hz ProMotion?

According to display analyst Ross Young, rumored iPhone 12 Pro Display won’t feature a 120Hz ProMotion display.

Multiple reports, including those by accurate leaker Jon Prosser, have claimed that 2020’s “iPhone 12” models will support the upgraded display type. The 120Hz displays are expected to be restricted to higher tier iPhone 12 Pro models. Well that was then.

iPhone 12 Pro Display

Ross Young previously said that Apple possibly would not implement ProMotion technology. As they have to adapt to low-power LTPO display technology, a move Apple is not expected to make until 2021.

He is bucking rumors with claims that none of the 2020 models will feature the upgraded technology. 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 iPhone 12 Pro Display ProMotion rumor. Many leakers suggesting 120Hz support is in the works. These rumors started to make noise in 2019 when the famous leaker “Ice Universe” said that Apple was considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate for at least one ‌iPhone‌ in 2020.

Apple has a 120Hz ProMotion display on their iPad. ProMotion technology used on the ‌iPad Pro‌ is a little bit different. It can dynamically adjust the screen to the movement of what the display shows. So in results, it delivers fluid scrolling, smoother motion, and improved responsiveness. As the frame rate changes based on the content on the screen, preserving battery life.

iPhone 12 Pro Display - iPad

Not just ICE UNIVERSE, also Taiwanese site DigiTimes has also mentioned that Apple is planning to release an ‌iPhone‌ with a 120Hz display, as have leakers Max Weinbach and Jon Prosser.

Young, who is display expertise, is claiming that Apple will implement ProMotion in 2021 alongside the adoption of low-power LTPO displays. So they will allow for a variable refresh rate that preserves battery life. Adding a ProMotion display to the ‌iPhone‌ without the technology could result in an undesirable battery drain, though it’s worth noting the iPad Pro uses ProMotion without LTPO.

But currently, this is just a strong rumor. A few days ago, Ice Universe again claimed that the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro and ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max models would offer displays with refresh rates up to 120Hz. According to him, “A reliable source, if there is no accident, ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro and ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro Max has basically determined the maximum 120Hz refresh rate.”

In the iOS 14 accessibility setting, there is an option to limit the frame rate of the ‌iPhone‌ to 60 frames per second. That could mean that future iPhones will support higher frame rates. The setting does not show up for all beta users, so maybe it can be a bug.

As for the current mixed rumors about 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 unveil the new iPhones in September, but a launch for some or all models could be delayed until October or November.

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