iPhone 12 reportedly won’t have 120Hz driver ICs, preventing all four models from supporting a high refresh rate
At the beginning of the year, it was rumored that the iPhone 12 would be Apple’s first line-up with a 120Hz refresh rate. This would mean that all four models have smooth screens similar to the ProMotion technology present on the latest iPad Pro. Later reports came in that only the more premium iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max would be handled on 120Hz screens. Now DSCC analyst Ross Young claims that there is no existing hardware for an iPhone 12 model that supports high refresh rates.
Previous Rumor claimed that the iPhone 12 series would have the hardware to support the 120Hz refresh rate but would be locked via software
Young states that sources have told him that no iPhone 12 model will have 120Hz driver ICs, meaning the existing hardware will not even be present in the coming models to support the high refresh rate. That’s really disappointing to hear, but it shouldn’t be surprising given that the rumor wave was in line with this news.
If you’re wondering when we can receive the first set of iPhone models that support high refresh rate displays, a tipster claims we should wait until 2022 as the iPhone 13 Pro will support it. Unfortunately, Young has not said why Apple is rumored not to adhere to high refresh rate displays for the iPhone 12. Please note that Apple prefers high quality hardware for its product range, which is why models like the iPhone 11 Pro Max a A + award from screen calibration experts such as DisplayMate.
Our sources indicate that there is no new 120Hz hardware on new iPhones. You need 120Hz driver ICs.
– Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) August 4, 2020
Since BOE is unable to supply displays for the iPhone 12 series due to quality issues, it seems that a majority of those shipments are provided by Samsung. However, it seems that even Samsung’s 120 Hz OLED screens have not passed the quality testing phase, although we are confident that Apple will work closely with its supply chain to ensure that such displays are optimized in every possible way before the official disclosure is taking place.
Still, having a 60Hz refresh screen isn’t the end of the world, but if you’re planning to buy an iPhone 12 model and if a 120Hz screen was at the top of your priority list, then you should choose a model from the Android camp.
News Source: Twitter (Ross Young)