“The LTPO OLED display panels have so far been seen on the Apple Watch, and may come to the iPhone 12 too”
Apple may introduce a tweak in its display technology for the iPhone 12 lineup, using LTPO particles instead of the LTPS elements used in the present crop of OLED displays on iPhones. A report by The Elec suggests that Apple is assigning LG Display to be the primary supplier of its iPhone 12 displays, and switch to LTPO-based OLED displays for the same. At present, Apple’s primary display supplier is Samsung Display, which builds the LTPS OLED displays featuring on Apple’s newest, flagship iPhones. The switch in technology, as the report states, may enable Apple to further increase the overall battery life that iPhones offer.
LTPO OLEDs, which stand for Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide, have considerable benefits over the present OLED panels that are based on Low Temperature Polysilicon (LTPS) elements. The difference of the matter is two-pronged — on one hand, LTPO is roughly 15 percent more power efficient than LTPS technology, while on the other hand, they are also thinner to implement and thereby takes up lesser space in the already cramped innards of a smartphone. As a result, when put in direct comparison to LTPS display panels, LTPO-based displays can not only offer longer usage times than LTPS displays, but also makes space for a larger battery unit.
5G iPhones will need more battery power
This can be fairly important for Apple, since its iPhone 12 lineup of 2020 is expected to feature 5G connectivity. With the new generation connectivity standard expected to have an impact on overall battery life of the iPhones, Apple switching to LTPO panels may make up for the battery consumption factor, and even improve the overall iPhone battery life in general. The new LTPO display panels can also offer individual pixel illumination, which in turn may have a positive effect towards the rumoured 120Hz fast refresh rate displays that the iPhone 12 lineup (or at least some of the variants) should come with.
iPhone 12 specifications
Rumours regarding the Apple iPhone 12 lineup have so far suggested that Apple will unveil multiple iPhone 12 variants in order to cater to various markets. These rumoured variants include the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Plus, which will offer two screen sizes — 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch, and will make for the base variant of the new iPhone lineup, replacing the iPhone 11. These iPhones should feature dual-camera configurations. There may also be the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which have been marked as contenders for featuring Apple’s new display tech, as well as 5G connectivity.
Apple is also expected to launch a “budget” iPhone, dubbed iPhone 9. This low-spec variant will reportedly feature a 4.7-inch display and come with the iPhone 8’s design, showing a similar format that Apple had followed when it had launched the iPhone SE with an older iPhone 5-like design in a generation of the iPhone 6s. This variant is certain to not feature either 5G connectivity, or an OLED display panel — instead sticking to faithful old LCD panels on it.