Rumor says the iPhone 12 Pro with 120Hz screen is testing, but will likely ship with 60Hz

They're holding out until the last minute.

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2020年08月26日, 午後 07:42 in egmt
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Experts have been divided over whether or not this year's flagship iPhone Pro model will feature a 120Hz display. Rumors suggest that Apple may be able to procure a 120Hz panel, but the necessary components to drive it are not available, so Apple may delay the Pro model's launch or ship it without a 120Hz display (leaving it at a conventional 60Hz).

Display specialist analyst Ross Young tweeted that Apple has been able to get a 120Hz panel, but has run into supply chain issues in sourcing the ICs to drive it. Therefore, he said, they have a choice between waiting for driver ICs and delaying the launch of the Pro model or releasing it with 60Hz, and he's heard that they will ultimately opt for the latter.

Young also added that the issue is not simple. He said: "Apple can move mountains (which means it can break the predicament by force), so will see. Given how badly some of you want 120Hz, perhaps they are listening will delay the launch until 120Hz is ready. Been a crazy year already..." speculates the behind-the-scenes predicament.

Young's views are generally backed up by well-known leaker Jon Prosse in his YouTube remarks. Apple internally is testing the 120Hz display on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, he said.

While the traditional iPhone screen is 60 Hz (rewriting the screen 60 times per second), 120 Hz is twice as fast. It's already available as ProMotion technology on the iPad Pro from 2017 onwards, providing a smooth display and quick tracking of the Apple Pencil. It is being used in other smartphones, and the technology is also helping to reduce S Pen latency in Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 series.

The spread of the new coronavirus has disrupted the supply chain this year, and Young's predictions have swung around to reflect that. First, in May, he tweeted that 120Hz display requires LTPO technology to save power (as in the Apple Watch Series 4 and later), but it won't be introduced until 2021. Then in July, he said that none of his sources could confirm that the iPhone 12 Pro model would have a 120Hz display, but now he's leaning toward "it's possible".

Apple has officially announced that this year's iPhone launch will be a few weeks later than usual, in other words, after the beginning of October. However, at the time of writing, it's already less than two months away, and it's rare that the specifications of major features are so far from being finalized. The 120Hz display, while of interest to some users, is not essential, so it may be likely to be left off for the time being in favor of mass production and shipping without delay.

Source: Ross Young(Twitter)

Via: MacRumors

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