First, the iPhone 12 Pro would have had a 120Hz display. Back then it wasn’t. Now, though, there seems to be potentially good news.
Ice universe, one of the most trusted leakers around, has thrown a ball of punch at iPhone followers by claiming that there is a potential “silver coating” in these rumors. However, it will only be confirmed at Apple’s press conference.
If you are not familiar with what 120Hz refers to, it means that a device’s display updates its image 120 times per second. The average display, such as the iPhone 11, updates only 60 times per second. With 120Hz, browsing the web, playing 120Hz compatible games, and watching videos that support high frame rates are much smoother. It’s hard to go back to 60Hz once you’ve heard the difference.
IU went into a bit more detail in a response to their first tweet, saying the reason for this long-standing back and forth is from two different sources at Apple. The one located in the production line is apparently the one giving bad news, while Ice Universe seems to have heard a contradictory rumor from another part of Apple’s operation.
There are two conflicting sources within Apple. Maybe the bad news you heard comes from the production line.12 September 2020
The bad news referenced here is likely the recent claim by Front Page Tech’s Jon Prosser that the previously rumored 120Hz display for the two iPhone 12 Pro models had not made it into production.
Apple’s ProMotion technology, its name for 120Hz refresh rate displays, can already be found on the iPad Pro, but fitting the same technology into a smartphone instead of a tablet has apparently been more complicated than expected. At one point it was rumored that only the larger 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max would get ProMotion, but it is increasingly rumored that there will be no 120Hz iPhones this year.
120Hz becomes the standard on Android flagships
This is particularly unfortunate given how ubiquitous 120Hz displays are on Android flagships. Phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series and Galaxy Note 20 series, OnePlus 8 Pro and others have adopted the new standard, with some phones like the Google Pixel 4 or Huawei P40 Pro sticking with a lower but still respectable 90Hz, and others like the Asus ROG Phone 3 it goes up to 144Hz.
But what exactly does the Ice Universe tweet mean when it refers to a silver lining? It could mean that Apple will soon release a 120Hz iPhone, possibly built in a location other than where the Prosser leaks come from, and which will launch early next year as an “iPhone 12s” model. Maybe it means there’s some other great feature Apple has planned for the iPhone 12’s display, such as the supposed 10-bit color depth, or an ultrawide viewing angle, or an anti-reflective coating like the Pro Display XDR.
It looks like we’ll have to wait for the announcement to find out, unless an enterprising leaker can get to the bottom of things first. While Apple will hold an event on September 15, we expect it to be centered around the Apple Watch 6 and iPad Air 4. There have been suggestions for seeing some iPhone-related news, but the full reveal will happen at a later date.