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Apple iPhone 12 rumor roundup: Everything we know so far (Updated)

By Cookie Monster - 13 Oct 2020

OLED displays and 120Hz refresh rate

3. OLED displays and 120Hz refresh rate

Screenshot taken from EverythingApplePro's YouTube video "Exclusive iPhone 12 Pro Leaks! 120Hz CONFIRMED".


Apple has always kept the OLED display as an exclusive feature of its premium iPhone models, the Pro lineup. However, it is likely to change this year when Apple unveils an all-OLED iPhone lineup. 

The Wall Street Journal wrote about an all-OLED iPhone lineup in January 2019. DigiTimes, citing information from the supply chain, claimed in April 2019 that Apple would introduce all-OLED iPhone lineup with new screen sizes in 2020. Kuo reiterated the same prediction in his June 2019 investor note.

JPMorgan analyst Samik Chatterjee reported in December 2019 that he expects four iPhone models with OLED screens in 2020, and tipster @UniverseIce tweeted in June that the iPhone 12 models will feature Super Retina OLED displays.


120Hz refresh rate

High refresh rate is the new buzz word in the smartphone world and the iPhone is among the last flagship phones to not have one. 

@UniverseIce shared in July 2019 that Apple was considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate for the iPhone 12. It is likely to be the same ProMotion technology that Apple deploys on the iPad Pro since 2017. 

Max Weinbach, who has a pretty solid track record on Apple devices, revealed in his video that the Pro models will support 120Hz refresh rates and they will dynamically switch between 60Hz and 120Hz to conserve battery life.

However, recent claims by the lead analyst of DisplaySearch/DSCC and Jon Prosser appear to cast doubt on the feature coming to the iPhone 12. Ross Young said Apple was unable to secure 120Hz driver ICs for the iPhone 12 and the only feasible option is to launch the new iPhones with 60Hz display. Prosser added that Apple is still testing the feature and he is not sure if the feature will make it to launch. He also said that he has "seen too much evidence to be certain" that it is not coming.

In a recent update, Young shared that the 120Hz displays will be coming to the iPhone 13 lineup next year as Apple is likely to adopt LTPO technology. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also claimed that the 120Hz display is ditched this year due to concerns over battery life. LTPO is said to help lower power consumption and provide sufficient battery headroom for the 120Hz displays.

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