The “iPhone 12” family has started mass production a month after its expected release, according to a prolific leaker, although 120Hz ProMotion displays reportedly failed to make the cut.
According to Jon Prosser, the “iPhone 12” went into mass production without a 120 Hz ProMotion display for reasons that were previously unknown. He also stated that mass production started this week.
120 Hz (code name: d6x) did not mass produce
* now * you can give up
– Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) September 11, 2020
The timing of mass production is almost identical to that of the iPhone X and iPhone XR.
Prosser previously stated that the event would be postponed to the beginning of October. This was almost confirmed by Apple during its quarterly earnings call that the iPhone release would come “a few weeks later”.
ProMotion was first introduced on the iPad Pro to differentiate itself from budget models. A refresh rate of 120 Hz means smoother screen animations, more responsive interactions, and better gaming performance. The “iPhone 12” is said to have offered this function for months.
Problems managing battery life with ProMotion enabled may be the reason for the abandonment. A rumor had it that Apple would have to implement LTPO displays in order for ProMotion to work so that the refresh rate could be dynamically adjusted if necessary. LTPO is used in the Apple Watch, but such a controller in the iPhone is unlikely to be available until 2021.
Apple isn’t brand new to iPhone first shipments after September. The iPhone X was announced in September and wasn’t released until November. Some speculation places the iPhone 12 announcement at the Time Flies event on September 15th, although most publications say otherwise.