The iPhone remains stuck in the past. While most high-end smartphones in 2021 already use screens with a high refresh rate, around 120 Hz on average, even the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max stick to traditional 60 Hz panels.

This will change, however, already in 2021 with the most expensive models of the next generation, the Apple iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, this characteristic being again pointed out by the international ‘media’. Confirmation will arrive next September.

The iPhone 13 generation will arrive in September 2021

Apple iPhone 12 PRo
The current iPhone 12 Pro uses conventional screens at 60 Hz.

Indeed, as soon as they arrive on the market in the fall of 2021, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max should employ a Samsung screen, following the LTPO OLED typology. This information is now advanced by the Asian publication The Elec.

The use of screens with a high update rate will be reserved, however, for the more expensive “Pro” models. Only these will be using the new LTPO OLED panels requested by Apple from Samsung, supporting 120 Hz for the standard ProMotion.

This same hypothesis, which now gains even more strength, has been mentioned several times in the past. Incidentally, also for the current generation of iPhone 12 it was pointed out and will have been considered by the company, although it was eventually passed over.

Apple will reserve the ProMotion standard for iPhone 13 Pro

Apple iPhone 13

The failure to use screens with a high update rate in the current generation would have been linked to the high energy consumption of the panels then available. Something that would limit the autonomy of Apple smartphones and end up being a reason for not using it.

This year, however, with the new technology for producing screens with a high variable update rate, it is possible to better control this same energy consumption. This is because the high update rate will only be used in scenarios that require it.

For example, in game scenarios we will have 120 Hz, to browse web pages and social networks 90 Hz will suffice and, in other scenarios, this value may be reduced to 60 Hz, or less. This is the premise, in summary, of the dynamic update rate.

Incidentally, in instances where a static image is displayed, for example, when viewing a photo, the refresh rate can drop to up to 10 Hz, which saves energy.

We can have good improvements in the battery life of the iPhone

Apple iPhone 13

As market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo points out, the use of these screens can bring great autonomy improvements for the new iPhone. Something that also happened, for example, in the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Thus, for the base models – iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini – we will continue to have OLED screens with a conventional refresh rate of 60 Hz. Furthermore, the main manufacturers of these screens will be Samsung Display and LG Display.

Finally, on all iPhone 13 models, a reduced “notch” is expected, and this is another of the changes much anticipated by iOS users. Apart from these exceptions, we do not have significant changes in the design of Apple smartphones.

The probable date of presentation of these products is not yet known, but we estimate that they will be revealed next September.

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