May 05, 2021 News
Although Android smartphones have crossed the 144 Hz limit for the refresh rate of display panels, Apple still adheres to the standard 60 Hz. It looks like this may soon change, as the Cupertino-based iPhone maker may eventually bring 120Hz upgrade panels to the next-generation devices, the iPhone 13. If that happens, it will be thanks to rival Samsung.
According to a new report, Samsung Display will supply Apple's low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) displays for its higher-end iPhone 13s. At the top level, we can look at the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. It is worth noting that the iPhone will not be able to see the service panel 120 Hz or higher without the use of LTPO technology.
LTPO offers an energy-efficient back panel for those who don't know, which means a higher refresh rate without much battery life. With LTPO panels, Apple could provide a high refresh rate for the iPhone without worrying about battery life. Given this, Samsung seems to be the one supplying these panels. The report states that Chaebol will be the exclusive supplier for Appel of these panels.
In addition, Apple will also rely on Samsung in another critical part. We are considering rigid, flexible printed circuit boards or RFPCB. For those who don't know, the RFPCB is the part that connects the OLED panel to the motherboard. RFPCB is an essential component for connecting LTPO panels. Of course, it will be supplied by Samsung Electro-Mechanics.
This new report is surprising, given that Apple is trying hard to reduce its dependence on Samsung. To give you perspective, Apple aims to get about 169 million OLED panels in 2021 alone. Of these, Samsung will supply the company with 110 million units.
Here's What To Expect From Next-Generation Smartphones!
It is not the first time we have heard about the iPhone 13. A couple of days ago, rendering images of the device appeared on the Internet. According to the new render, the next-generation iPhone seems to follow the same design ideology but with minor differences. You can find out more about these differences in the news we recently covered.