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With Apple allegedly prioritizing battery life and 5G on the iPhone 12, iPhones might only get 120 Hz displays next year

The upcoming iPhone 12 could lack a 120 Hz display to ensure adequate battery life (Image source: EverythingApplePro)
The upcoming iPhone 12 could lack a 120 Hz display to ensure adequate battery life (Image source: EverythingApplePro)
Tipster @jon_prosser claimed that Apple's alleged decision to skip on a 120 Hz iPhone 12 display was "100 percent" because of battery life concerns, with the 5G radio taking priority. This might mean that 120 Hz displays will only make their way to iPhone in 2022.

According to tipster @jon_prosser, the reason the iPhone 12 lineup won't be getting 120 Hz displays is "100 percent" down to battery life concerns. The upcoming iPhones will be the first to support 5G. As we've already seen in the Android space, 5G radios need much more power than 4G, resulting in relatively lackluster flagship battery life.

120 Hz displays are battery-intensive as well, so Apple likely had to compromise between 5G and a high refresh rate to ensure that iPhone users will get a full day's charge out of their phones. The battery life question is particularly relevant this generation. With the iPhone 12 lineup, Apple substantially increased battery capacity. iPhone 11 Pro Max users can easily get 1-2 days of use on a single charge.

With the iPhone 12 lineup sporting 5G antennas, it'll be a challenge for Apple to ensure that battery life and screen-on time don't regress this generation. We'll likely have to wait until 2022 for 5G radios and display tech to become power-efficient enough that Apple can incorporate both in the iPhone's form factor without giving up on battery life. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-10-12 (Update: 2020-10-12)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.