The iPhone 13 won’t be released for several months yet, but rumors are already circulating about its future specifics. If we refer to the display, Apple’s next smartphone will certainly integrate a 120 Hz OLED screen. This is the market standard right now, but the iPhone 13 could go even further. Indeed, this screen could be equipped with LTPO technology that could significantly extend the autonomy of the device.
A GROWING TECHNOLOGY
LTPO technology is likely to equip the majority of smartphones in the coming years. While this would be a first for Apple, the Cupertino firm will not be the first to integrate it into a smartphone. Indeed, it is a technology that is already found on some competing smartphones such as the One Plus 9 Pro, The Oppo Find X3 Pro or the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
This technology is also no stranger to the apple brand. Indeed, it already equips some models of Apple Watch. We can then expect it to be generalized to iPhones as well as iPads.
LOW ENERGY CONSUMPTION
The term LTPO is the acronym of the English Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide which literally means polycrystalline silicon at low temperature. Basically, it helps to reduce energy consumption by regulating the use of display frequency differences. Depending on the use, up to 70% of energy can be saved by lowering the refresh rate to 1 Hz.
This technology is then an excellent solution for displays using a high refresh rate. Indeed, if we were used to 60 Hz screens, a large number today reaches 90 Hz or 120 Hz. The most advanced like the Asus Rog Phone 5 can even reach 144 Hz and 240 Hz for the Sharp Aquos R6.
Like many of its competitors, Apple today has a lot to gain by opting for the LTPO, since autonomy is one of the main selling points of a mobile. The latest iPad Pro M1 today use ProMotion display technology that allows a variable refresh rate up to 120 Hz. We can then expect it to land on the next iPhone, or at least on the Pro versions. The LTPO would then be ideal for ProMotion displays.