Apple’s iPhone 12 line-up is not only looking impressive, it will actively save you money. But there is now one unforeseen problem, as question marks have been placed over a major upgrade that was previously thought to be a done deal.
In a new exclusive, popular YouTuber Filip Koroy (aka EverythingApplePro) has teamed up with XDA Developer’s Max Weinbach to reveal that there are now doubts over the inclusion of Apple’s 120Hz ProMotion display technology in the iPhone 12 Pro. Something which has the potential to see it removed from both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Koroy explains that, unlike the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the iPhone 12 Pro has “only passed 4 out of 5 tests, this is because it is using an altered panel due to the sizing. Things are a little bit more condensed. They believe that Apple can fix it in time, although it will cost them more and Apple, at this point, is trying to decide whether or not it’s worth it.”
Koroy notes that this may result in a split release where Apple only offers a 120Hz display on the (massive) iPhone 12 Pro “or Apple could just axe the entire feature altogether.” That said, Koroy remains hopeful, saying “There’s still time for Apple to remedy this.” He also cites industry insider Ice Universe, who has contacts within Samsung, as saying he believes 120Hz will make it to both models. His source being that Samsung will supply the displays.
Why is 120Hz so important? Aside from the fact it is a catch-up feature (it became widely adopted by rivals in 2019), high refresh rate screens have had overwhelming positive feedback. This is because they not only deliver significantly smoother frame rates, they are also twice as responsive to touch input as the 60Hz panels iPhones currently use. 120Hz is also required by the Apple Pencil, which was tipped to be supported by the iPhone 12 Pro models.
So would this be a deal breaker? For existing iPhone owners, possibly not. The line-up is already getting a major redesign, cutting-edge camera tech, 5G across the range and a surprising price drop. That said, if you have used a high refresh rate display, it is hard to go back so converting owners of Android rivals may prove tough. For me personally, I wouldn’t buy an iPhone 12 Pro model without it.
As Koroy states, sources “believe that Apple can fix it in time”. Now the nervous wait begins.
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