First, the iPhone 12 Pro should have a 120Hz screen. Then it was not. Now, though, it looks like potentially good news.
Ice Universe, one of the most reliable leaks around, has thrown iPhone rumors followers a cornerstone by claiming there is a potential “silver lining” for these rumors. However, this 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 screen updates its image 120 times per second. The average screen, such as IPhone 11, updated only 60 times per second. With 120Hz, it feels much smoother to scroll the web, play 1
IU went into a little more detail in a response to their first tweet, saying that the reason for this perennial back and forth is two different sources in Apple. The one placed in the production line is apparently the one giving bad news, while the Ice Universe seems to have heard a conflicting rumor from another part of Apple’s operations.
There are two conflicting sources within Apple. Maybe the bad news is coming from the production line. September 12, 2020
The bad news referred to here is probably the recent claim by Front Page Tech’s Jon Prosser that the 120Hz screen, which had previously been rumored about the two iPhone 12 Pro models, had not made it into production.
Apple’s ProMotion technology, its name for 120Hz refresh rate monitors, is already available on the iPad Pro, but it’s apparently been more difficult to adapt the same technology to a smartphone instead of a tablet. There were rumors at one point that only the largest 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max would get the ProMotion, but there have been growing rumors that there will be no 120Hz iPhones this year.
120Hz will become standard on Android flagships
This is especially unfortunate considering how ubiquitous 120Hz screens are on Android flagships. Phones like Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series and Galaxy Note 20 series, OnePlus 8 Pro and others have adopted the new standard where some phones like Google Pixel 4 or Huawei P40 Pro stick with a lower but still respectable 90Hz, and others like Asus ROG Phone 3 runs as high as 144Hz.
But what exactly does Ice Universe’s tweet mean when it refers to a silver lining? That could mean Apple will soon release a 120Hz iPhone, perhaps built somewhere else where Prossers’ leaks came from and will be launched early next year as an “iPhone 12s” model. Maybe that means there’s another cool feature Apple has planned for the iPhone 12’s screen, as it’s rumored 10-bit color depth or an ultra-wide viewing angle or anti-reflective coating that the Pro Display XDR has.
It sounds like we’ll have to wait for the message to figure it out, unless an enterprising lick manages to get to the bottom of things first. While Apple is holding an event on September 15th, we expect to center on the Apple Watch 6 and iPad Air 4. There have been suggestions we will see some iPhone related news but the full unveiling will happen at some point later date.