Apple will apparently be tasking LG with more responsibility for producing iPhone displays going forward, as it is now only churning out panels for the cheaper iPhone 12 models. The Elec is reporting that LG Display will be greatly expanding its capacity for producing modern LTPO OLED displays and industry sources claim that’s what “Apple is planning to apply for next year’s new iPhone top model.”
So far so good, LG Display has perhaps risen up to the occasion, and managed to supply OLED panels with enough quality consistency that Apple is ready to task it with more iPhones’ screens, too, in its quest to diversify from Samsung as a supplier. The more interesting part of the report, however, is that LG will be expanding the LTPO not LTPS capacity.
Apple iPhone 13 display specs
Most important development on the iPhone 13 models from my perspective will be ProMotion with variable refresh rates through LTPO adoption on the Pro models.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) October 2, 2020
LG’s LTPO panel expansion efforts now make much more sense. As you can see in the iPhone 13 specs table here, LG will supply panels for both 6.1″ iPhone 13 models, but perhaps only the 13 Pro would have variable refresh rate employed and activated to set it apart from the more affordable iPhone 13.
Not to mention that LTPO panels consume much less energy than LTPS ones, so for the iPhone 13 Apple won’t have to chose between 5G and 120Hz any more in terms of battery life, like it had to this year with the iPhone 12 models.