With the iPhone 13 series, Apple will finally get with the program, and introduce a modern display with low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) technology and a high refresh rate. While other companies are increasingly moving their 90Hz and 120Hz downmarket to phones as cheap as $299, Apple will, however, keep the 120Hz panels only for the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max models.
All your 120Hz displays are belong to the iPhone 14, LG!
“Avaco has begun talks with LG Display over the specifications of the sputters that will be used to manufacture low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistor (TFT) OLED production,” says the report, and adds that “LG Display will likely give the order from the equipment once its customer Apple approves its OLED production line.”
All this retooling that is still to happen explains why we won’t be seeing 120Hz iPhone 13 displays but what the report actually reveals and was previously unknown is that Apple is aiming for LG to have high refresh rate LTPO displays up and ready by the time the iPhone 14 has to enter production.
“LG Display is planning to convert its line to LTPO TFT OLED in the hopes that it will supply them to Apple next year,” tip the insiders, and this can only mean one thing – Apple will have two suppliers capable of making modern 120Hz LTPO panels in time for the iPhone 14 series where all of the models will sport high refresh rate panels, not just the more expensive Pro versions.
Moreover, Apple is about to kill the iPhone mini line next year, so LG can concentrate on crafting 120Hz panels for the regular iPhone 14, or whatever it gets titled, and may even encroach on Samsung’s territory with the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max screens, helping Apple further escape Samsung’s OLED panel production monopoly.