Apple leaker Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser), who has successfully leaked and/or predicted several of Apple’s products in the past, has suggested on Twitter that the upcoming iPhone 12 Pro may use a 120Hz ProMotion display, but it may never make it to launch.
Prosser says that the current display is not a low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) display, which is a special OLED display that Apple designed and developed just for the Apple Watch Series 4. This special display is what allows the Apple Watch Series 5 to operate its always-on display without affecting battery life greatly.
An LTPO display allows the software to change the refresh rate of the screen, which is how Apple utilities it for the Apple Watch Series 5’s always-on display. In the case of the iPhone 12 Pro’s display, Jon Prosser is saying that Apple will not be using a LTPO display, which likely means that Apple will be going full 120Hz instead of having a refresh rate that changes automatically based on the content on the display.
Prosser goes on to say that Apple have an “iPad Pro-like ‘ProMotion’” display running on an iPhone 12 Pro prototype. However, Prosser clarifies that he doesn’t know if the 120Hz display will make it to launch, but he does say that there is enough evidence from his sources to believe that we may see a 120Hz display on this year’s Pro iPhone models.
Highly reliable leaker Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) also responded to Prosser’s information, saying that he too has similar information from his sources, but doubts that the 120Hz display will make it to launch. He also says that some iPhone 12 Pro prototypes have a 120Hz display.
The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, in addition to the iPhone 12 and 12 Max, are expected to be announced either late September or early-to-mid October this year. Only then will we know which devices’ displays will be getting 120Hz ProMotion.