It has been repeatedly rumored that some models in the iPhone 13 series will have 120Hz screens, and now there is even more evidence that these high refresh rate displays are destined for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
According to a report from TheElec, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will feature LTPO AMOLED 120Hz displays that will be made exclusively by the Samsung Display division. In addition, Samsung Electro-Mechanics is set to provide the hard flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCB) in the new iPhones.
RFPCBs are more expensive than traditional FPCBs and are used to connect OLED displays to the internal mainboard. RFPCBs are rigid but can still be folded, allowing for more sophisticated designs. Samsung Display will reportedly supply 110 million screens for iPhones this year, with another 50 million from LG Display and 9 million from BOE – the latter two presumably supplying only 60Hz screens for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini.
Samsung Electro-Mechanics apparently wants to close the business because it hasn’t made enough profit in recent years. It supplied boards for the iPhone 12 last year and will apparently do so again for the iPhone 13, but it could still quit the business after that, according to this report.
We expect the iPhone 13 release date to be set for September 2021, but that could change given the Covid-19 pandemic. For the past 10 years, Apple has consistently introduced its flagship phones at an event near the beginning of September and released the phones 10 days later. That all changed in 2020, due to the pandemic, and the phones were delayed beyond their usual window.
Normally we would expect Apple to stick to that September window, but apparently, the 2020 postponement led to higher sales of the phones. That may mean that Apple decides to stick with this new window.
Meanwhile, another analyst has said something similar, with the iPhone 13 series apparently going on sale in the third week of September – meaning an announcement earlier in the month. However, it is possible that one or more models will not hit stores until October.
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