Apple Considering Using Higher Refresh Rate Display on 2020 iPhones

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Apple is reportedly considering switching to 120Hz ProMotion displays for its 2020 iPhones. The company has not yet finalized plans on using a 120Hz refresh rate display on next year’s iPhones and is only considering it at the moment.

This is not the first time that we have heard of Apple considering using a 120Hz OLED panel on the 2020 iPhones have surfaced. The DigiTimes report claims that 5G adoption in 2020 smartphones will lead to them coming with a higher refresh rate display.

The arrival of 5G is ushering in hardware upgrades to support related applications and services. It is expected more 5G smartphones will come with displays offering high refresh rates that can enhance user experience. It remains to be seen whether Apple will launch its first 5G iPhone in 2020, or will adopt displays with 120Hz refresh rate, but the iPhone 11 series reportedly are selling much better than expected, boosting orders for its VCSEL supply chain.

Compared to last year, 2019 saw a number of smartphones launch with a higher refresh rate display. Most notably the OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, ASUS ROG Phone II, and Google Pixel 4 series all feature displays with a refresh rate of 90Hz or 120Hz. However, none of the renowned OEMs like Samsung or Huawei have launched a smartphone with a refresh rate higher than 60Hz.

Apple uses 120Hz ProMotion display panels on its iPad Pro lineup. The company was expected to adopt a display with a similarly high refresh rate panel for the iPhone 11 Pro series this year keeping in line with their ‘pro’ moniker but that did not happen. The problem with a 120Hz refresh rate display is that it leads to an increase in battery drain as well which will have a negative impact on battery life. Apple could mitigate this issue by using a 90Hz refresh rate display and controlling the rate of refresh automatically depending on the app being used.

Samsung already has OLED panels with a 90Hz refresh rate which it supplies to OnePlus for the OnePlus 7/T Pro and the Google Pixel 4 series. So if Apple really wants to ship its 2020 iPhones with a higher refresh rate display, it could do so. However, the addition of 5G on next year’s iPhone will also introduce additional load on the battery so the company will have to keep that in mind as well.

[Via DigiTimes]