Display analyst comments on Apple ProMotion display availability for iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus
Last month, a hands-on image of the iPhone 15 showed the next-generation model with a Dynamic Island, which Apple reserved last year for its Pro-branded iPhones. The iPhone 15 Plus is also expected to move from the notch to the Dynamic Island, although that does not necessarily mean that Apple's base iPhones will adopt all Pro display features.
According to Ross Young, Apple will persist with LTPS AMOLED displays on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, rather than using the LTPO AMOLED equivalents it affords its Pro iPhones. In other words, 60 Hz panels will remain a staple of modern iPhones for at least another generation. For reference, LTPO backplanes allow the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to dynamically adjust the refresh rates of their ProMotion displays between 1 Hz and 120 Hz.
Supposedly, Apple is not upgrading its base iPhones to ProMotion displays for market segmentation. Instead, Young claims that there is not enough LTPO backplane production capacity to meet Apple's expected demand levels for its cheaper iPhones. Moreover, Apple is rumoured to have reserved solid-state buttons, a titanium housing and a telephoto camera for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Hence, the company may only distinguish the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus from its predecessors with Dynamic Island, the A16 Bionic and a USB Type-C port.