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iPhone 14: All Models May Have Game Changer 120Hz ProMotion Displays

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iPhone 12 Pro Max. Image: Apple.

All models of the iPhone 14 may feature a 120Hz refresh rate when it arrives sometime next year.

Industry experts say the 120Hz refresh rate would result in a smoother user experience, especially when scrolling on the iPhone or playing graphic-intensive games. It is also expected that this technology will debut on the iPhone—only on high-end models—for the first time this fall, when the iPhone 13 is slated to launch.

“The lower-end ‌iPhone 13‌ and ‌iPhone 13‌ mini are not expected to include ProMotion technology. For the ‌iPhone 13‌ lineup, Apple is enlisting two separate suppliers for its displays,” according to MacRumors.

The site also cited a recent report that said that the Korean tech giant “LG, which currently only produces LTPS displays for Apple’s low-end iPhones, will convert its production lines to supply Apple with displays capable of a 120Hz refresh rate.”

If this report turns out to be true, both of the Cupertino-based tech giant’s chief display suppliers—Samsung and LG—will be able to provide LTPO OLED displays. In turn, Apple would then have the option to include ProMotion technology across its entire lineup for the ‌‌iPhone‌‌ 14.

Apple also could be planning its biggest design change to the ‌iPhone‌ in years. There are rumors noting that the company might discard the notch in favor of a “punch-hole” design for some models.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, has contended that models of the iPhone 14 won’t have a notch but instead a “punch-hole display design.”

“Kuo says the new design will debut in the high-end models at a minimum, possibly meaning the lower-end devices will retain the same notch-based design,” MacRumors says.

Before the iPhone 14 hits store shelves, Apple is expected to release a new iPhone in September, which will likely be called the iPhone 13.

According to a report from the Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News, Apple will stick to using iPhone 13 for its 2021 lineup, which will also include Mini, Pro, and Pro Max versions.

“Apple’s new ‌iPhone‌ this year has entered the countdown stage of stocking, and the supply chain has reported that this year’s new phone will be named ‌iPhone 13‌,” it wrote.

However, a recent survey suggested that about 20 percent of ‌iPhone‌ and iPad users are dissatisfied by the prospect of an ‌iPhone 13 due to triskaidekaphobia—a fear of the number thirteen. Nearly 40 percent of survey participants said they would like Apple to drop the corresponding number.

As for the highly popular iPhone 12 lineup, it hit a major milestone less than a year after its launch, reaching sales of more than one hundred million units.

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.

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Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV.

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