Apple was never the type to immediately adopt fads and trends. Just look at that notch that has remained unchanged since it debuted on the iPhone X in 2017. It may finally be changing, if only a little, on the iPhone 13, which has been the subject of most leaks on Apple’s next smartphone so far. This, however, will not be the only thing that will change on that side of the iPhone and the last tip suggests that it will finally have a feature that has long been unique to the iPad Pro.
IPhone fans have long craved the feature that Apple dubbed “ProMotion Display” on the iPad Pro. It is technically just the marketing name for what is most commonly known as a display capable of 120 Hz refresh rates and until now it was limited only to large and expensive Apple devices.
More than just games, the fast refresh rate would allow for more fluid and responsive interfaces. On iPad Pro, this works hand in hand with Apple Pencil’s low latency to make it faster. Since it debuted in 2017 as well, iPhone users have been waiting for the day when the feature will arrive in smaller sizes.
According to reports from suppliers in South Korea, this could finally happen this year, as Samsung Display will supply Apple with OLED panels LTPO (low temperature polycrystalline oxide) for phones. LTPO OLED technology is required to allow 120 Hz refresh rates without sacrificing battery life. The exact volume that will be provided is not yet known, but it is expected to be limited only to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max models.
The iPhone 13 is definitely getting ready to be a very early update. The notch will be smaller this time, thanks to a redesign of the components underneath. It is also expected to have broader support for 5G mmWave in more countries, as the adoption of the technology spreads further.