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  • iPhone 12 unlikely to debut with ProMotion technology
  • ProMotion technology unlikely to happen until 2021
  • Apple needs to use a prerequisite technology to use ProMotion display technology

Apple is expected to unveil its new batch of iPhones in the fall and most are eager to find out what new features it will come with. So far, there has been a lot of talk on the kind of display technology that the latest Apple phones will come with although it would be best to lower expectations. Based on the latest update from a display analyst, the iPhone 12 models set to come out will not have the upgraded 12-Hz ProMotion display technology.

This should set the records straight on the said technology with rumors cropping up that the iPhone 12 clan will come with the said technology. Analyst Ross Young reasons out that until Apple implements the low-power LTPO display technology, folks should not expect to see the ProMotion technology on the upcoming phones.

Ross clarified in a tweet recently that none of his sources were able to affirm if the iPhone 12 will include 120Hz displays. Rather, the best time to expect this is by 2021 when Apple refreshes its iPhone line. This should ease the noise surrounding the iPhone 12 with various outlets alleging that the iPhone 12 will come with 120Hz support. This first came out in 2019 when a leaker who goes by the handle "Ice Universe" suggested that the Cupertino company was suggesting a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate for at least one of the ‌iPhone‌ set to come out this 2020.

Aside from him, there were other leakers and online sites that backed the claim. But as Young explains, seeing this happen will not make sense until Apple adopts the low-power LTPO display technology. Though it would be giving units variable refresh rates, there are concerns tied to battery life. Without the technology, iPhone batteries would be drained faster and likely render them useless at times.

Just recently, the same leaker ("Ice Universe") batted once more that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Max will come with displays that are capable of refresh rates of up to 120Hz. An unnamed source claims that if it was not by accident, it is likely that the maximum 120Hz refresh rate has been determined.

Apple's iPhone 11, seen as it went on sale last September, helped the California-based giant weather the smartphone slump better than some of its peers Apple's iPhone 11, seen as it went on sale last September, helped the California-based giant weather the smartphone slump better than some of its peers Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Drew Angerer

Also, there is an accessibility setting on iOS 14 that indicates that the frame rate for iPhones can be limited to 60 frames per second. It hints at the possibility of seeing future iPhones coming with support to higher frame rates. Seeing that it does not show up for beta users, there is a chance that it could be an oversight.

For now, it would be best to lower expectations and just wait for the iPhone 12 models to come out. Apple is expected to unveil the new clan of iPhones this September although there is a chance that other models could be delayed.