In the smartphone market, manufacturers have to find new improvements every year to give the user a better experience. And recently, Android smartphone makers have embraced the 120Hz or 90Hz display on their high-end devices. Some brands even offer the 120 Hz rate on inexpensive smartphones.
As a reminder, this rate is the screen refresh rate. And the higher it is, the smoother the animations are. Whether for apps or mobile games, a frequency of 120 Hz therefore offers a better experience than a frequency of 60 Hz.
With regard to Apple, we’re still at 60 Hz at the moment. But a rumor has been circulating for some time that the Cupertino company could finally offer 120 Hz screens with the iPhone 13 series so that its models can catch up with the competition with Android .
As usual, Apple will not discuss its future products before the official presentation. Still, the presence of a 120 Hz screen on the iPhone 13 Pro seems increasingly likely. There is new information circulating on the web this week.
Recently, the website The Elec, a Korean medium regularly covered by the high-tech press, published an article stating that Samsung and LG have started production of OLED screens for the iPhone 13 series recently began.
The website also states that these two suppliers would have started production of screens for the iPhone 13 a month earlier than the production of the screens for the iPhone 12 in 2020. What does this mean? Apple could launch the iPhone 13 series in September, as tradition dictates. As a reminder, in 2020 the iPhone 12 was delayed due to issues related to COVID-19.
Samsung Display would produce 80 million OLED screens for Apple while LG will produce 30 million. Elec also states that Samsung will produce 120 Hz displays for the two most expensive models (likely the “Pro models”), while LG will produce screens that do not use this technology for the cheaper models.
The A15 Bionic Chip is also on track
While Samsung and LG deliver the iPhone screens to Apple, TSMC takes care of the chips. Usually the iPhone 13 series will use a new chip called A15 Bionic. And the good news is that TSMC has reportedly already started mass production of this important component. This is indicated by an article published a few days ago on the Digitimes site. This is another good reason to believe that the iPhone 13 should be released in September rather than delayed like the iPhone 12 in 2020.
A priori, the new A15 processor of the iPhone 13 should benefit from the 5 nm engraving. And thanks to further improvements to this process, future iPhones should see performance and energy efficiency gains over the 2020 models.
But of course, all of this information is not official at the moment. And that’s why caution is always required.
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