First of all, the iPhone 12 Pro should have a 120 Hz display. Then it wasn’t. Now, however, there seems to be potentially good news.
Ice Universe, one of the most reliable leaks on the market, has given iPhone rumors a curveball by claiming these rumors have a potential “silver lining”. However, this is only confirmed at Apple’s press conference.
If you don’t know what 120 Hz refers to, it means that a device’s display is updating the image 120 times per second. The average display like the iPhone 11 only updates 60 times per second. At 120Hz, scrolling the web, playing 1
IU went into a little more detail in a response to their first tweet, saying the reason for this long-running back and forth is two different sources within Apple. The one on the production line is apparently the one spreading bad news, while Ice Universe appears to have heard a contradicting rumor from another part of Apple’s operation.
There are two conflicting sources within Apple. Perhaps the bad news you heard is coming from the production line. September 12, 2020
The bad news referenced here is likely the recent claim by Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech that the 120Hz display previously rumored for the two iPhone 12 Pro models didn’t fit it in Production had made.
Apple’s ProMotion technology, the name for 120Hz refresh rate displays, can already be found on the iPad Pro, but installing the same technology into a smartphone instead of a tablet has apparently been more difficult than expected. It was once rumored that only the largest 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max would get ProMotion, but it was increasingly rumored that there would be no 120Hz iPhones this year.
120 Hz is becoming the standard on Android flagships
This is especially unfortunate given that there are ubiquitous 120Hz displays on Android flagships. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 series and Galaxy Note 20 series, the OnePlus 8 Pro, and others have adopted the new standard, with some phones like the Google Pixel 4 or the Huawei P40 Pro operating at a lower but still respectable 90Hz others like the Asus ROG Phone 3 go up to 144Hz.
But what exactly does Ice Universe’s tweet mean when referring to a silver lining? It could mean that Apple will soon be releasing a 120Hz iPhone, possibly built in a different location from Prossers Leaks, and coming out as the “iPhone 12s” model early next year. Perhaps this means that Apple has planned another cool feature for the iPhone 12 display, like rumored 10-bit color depth or an extremely wide viewing angle, or an anti-glare coating like the Pro Display XDR.
It sounds like we’ll have to wait for the announcement to find out, unless an enterprising leaker manages to get to the bottom of things first. While Apple is holding an event on September 15th, we expect it to focus on the Apple Watch 6 and iPad Air 4. There have been suggestions that we’ll see some iPhone-related news, but the full reveal will be at a later date.