A partnership that seems to be limited to the most high-end iPhone models. With each generation of new iPhones, the question arises from the screen provider knowing that last year, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max had not gone far from forking out to a Samsung 120 Hz slab.
The 120 Hz for the high end
At the time, Apple had finally decided to stay on its Retina slabs and not opt for the 120 Hz, considered too energy-intensive. Times seem to be changing since, according to the experts of The Elec quoted by WCCFTech, Samsung is this time well and truly on the ranks.
Apple would have opted for a slab of 120 Hz but only for its most high-end models – iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max – the “lower” products seem for the moment to have to “settle” 60 Hz slabs, these are the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini.
110 million Samsung OLED screens for Apple
Apple’s leading supplier for OLED slabs, Samsung, has therefore been selected for this 120 Hz. It will also be the Cupertino firm’s only partner on these products and, in order not to over-greasing the battery of its smartphones, Apple has opted for the 120 Hz OLED LTPO slabs. These are slabs called “low-temperature polycrystalline oxide” – hence the LTPO – that we have already seen on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. They can dynamically change the cooling frequency of the screen with energy savings as a goal.
LG Display in charge of more “classic” slabs
While Samsung is expected to produce a total of 110 million slabs delivered to Apple (iPhone 12 – iPhone 13), it will not be alone to ensure the entire production of iPhone screens. For example, several sources have already mentioned contracts with LG in particular.
However, the latter should focus on “simpler” slabs, especially those found on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini. It would then be a question of producing OLED screens with a maximum frequency of 60 Hz.
We are only at the stage of really preliminary information. Still, it seems that this “arrangement” is again modified for the release of iPhone 14: there, Apple would consider switching its entire offer to the 120 Hz.