We heard that Apple will be catching up to Android phones by introducing a high refresh rate ProMotion display exactly a year ago, when it became clear that
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max high 120Hz refresh rate display specs
At first pass, not really. The “all-new Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion featuring an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, making the touch experience faster and more responsive” does what it says on the tin, and what Samsung’s displays have been doing for a while.
The iPhone 13 Pro/Max 120Hz ProMotion display features
Most of the time we tested, it was either at 60Hz or at 120Hz, depending on the content shown, with very brief dips during video playback. Apple, on the other hand, clearly shows the usage scenarios in which its iPhone 13 Pro/Max display controller adjusts the refresh rate, from 10Hz to 120Hz indeed.
Apple’s twist here seems to be continuously adjusting the display refresh rate while you touch it. Swipe for the next photo, for instance and the display immediately ramps up to 120Hz to make the transitional animation as smooth looking as possible, then apparently throttles the refresh down to 80Hz/60Hz/30Hz, and, finally, to 10Hz when you are just looking at the photo without doing anything with it.
Will the iPhone 14 have 120Hz ProMotion display?
The problem? Well, LG just doesn’t make LTPO displays in a size bigger than those for the Apple Watch yet, Thus, it can’t really craft panels that will refresh 120 time per second, and won’t kill the battery, especially where the 13 mini is concerned, as its predecessor’s battery life is pretty abysmal as it is.
LG, however, “is planning to convert its line to LTPO TFT OLED in the hopes that it will supply them to Apple next year,” tip insiders, and this can only mean one thing – Apple may have two suppliers capable of making modern 120Hz LTPO panels in time for the iPhone 14 series where all of the models will sport high refresh rate panels, not just the more expensive Pro versions.