iPhone 13 leaks have already revealed disruptive new upgrades which may make iPhone 12 owners regret their purchase and now, arguably, the biggest has been confirmed. But not in the way most Apple fans would have expected.
In a new exclusive, reliable Korean site ET News has revealed the super smooth 120Hz ProMotion displays which were touch and go for the iPhone 12 range will now be coming to the iPhone 13 line-up. But only for the most expensive models.
ET News explains that ProMotion will be restricted to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max because Apple will not fit expensive LTPO (Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) panels to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini. LTPO panels offset the high battery drain of 120Hz by enabling dynamic refresh rates as low as 1Hz, for tasks like reading email and web browsing.
The problem with this is the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini will not be cheap phones. Through stealth cuts, Apple quietly raised the iPhone 12 price to $870 for the same package as the $699 iPhone 11 and this puts it in a price bracket where almost all Android rivals already have 120Hz panels. Notably, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has a 120Hz panel and costs just $699.
Yes, given what we already know about the iPhone 13’s long-awaited design changes, 5G improvements, increased storage and security upgrades, the omission of ProMotion may be something buyers can overlook. That said, considering the price increases Apple is introducing across the board these days, the argument that fans should compromise on features commonly provided by rivals is becoming harder to swallow.
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