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2020 iPhone set to get 120Hz Pro Motion OLED display

The 2020 iPhone looks set for a 120Hz display. (Souce: Ice Universe)
The 2020 iPhone looks set for a 120Hz display. (Souce: Ice Universe)
Apple’s 2020 iPhone looks to be the one to get with the latest rumor pointing to an OLED display with a variable refresh rate up to 120Hz. Apple introduced this feature on its 2017 LCD-based iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models dubbing it Pro Motion; however, it was conspicuously silent on the subject when it subsequently launched its first iPhone with a Super AMOLED display in the form of the 2017 iPhone X.

All the tantalizing rumors regarding the Apple iPhone all currently revolve around the 2020 model, which looks to be the first major redesign following the introduction of the iPhone X in 2017. As it stands, the 2019 iPhone due out around September looks like a basic iterative update in line with an ‘s’ model even if it picks up the iPhone XI the newer sounding nomenclature. However, at least one more killer feature looks like it will have to wait for 2020 iPhone.

Samsung tipster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) says that Apple is in talks with Samsung and LG regarding the supply of the 2020 iPhone and is targeting a peak refresh rate of 120Hz. As with the Pro Motion 120Hz displays on its iPad Pro models, it would default to 60Hz but ramp up to 120Hz when needed in order to maintain a balance between performance and battery life. Currently, the iPhone Xs (as with the iPhone X) are stuck with standard 60Hz panels even though they enjoy the other key benefits of OLED displays including inky blacks and HDR.

It is possible that Apple will, however, transition the OLED panel on the 2019 iPhone to one that supports at least 90Hz, which a few Android phones currently boast like the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, it was only today that Apple and every other Android maker out there got beaten to the punch on being able to brag about having an OLED panel with a 120Hz-capable display. That honor goes to the all-new Asus Rog Phone II, which also features support for 10-bit HDR along with some other outlandish specs.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-07-22 (Update: 2019-07-22)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.