I started Samsung LG will produce OLED panels for this year’s iPhone 13 series, according to a report by South Korean outlet The Elec like last year.
The 2021 lineup is also rumored to include four models: the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 13, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Samsung is believed to be manufacturing low-temperature thin-crystal oxide transistor (LTPO) panels with 120Hz support for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
It is claimed that Apple initially planned a high refresh rate for the iPhone 12 series, but decided not to because it apparently thought that a 120Hz screen on top of a 5G connection would be too much of a drain on battery life. With LTPO units, this would not be a concern.
Samsung has been using LTPO panels since last year Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy S21 series features a more efficient version of the technology and LTPO enables the screen to change the refresh rate dynamically according to which content is displayed and this helps to improve power consumption. For example, the refresh rate can go as low as 10 Hz when viewing a still image and can go up to 120 Hz when viewing a game.
The iPhone 13 Pro’s OLED panel will be up to 20 percent more energy efficient than the current model.
It is also possible that the LTPO panel will finally bring the Always On Display feature to iPhones. Apple is expected to take a similar approach to Android manufacturers. The time and battery charge will always be visible and notifications will be displayed temporarily when they arrive, according to one rumor.
LG is apparently working on low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) TFT OLED panels for the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13. These models are not expected to support a high refresh rate and will retain a 60Hz screen.
The report also notes that OLED production for the iPhone 13 series began a month earlier last year, a sign that things are back to normal. Last year’s iPhone 12 range was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, forcing Apple to delay the launch by a month. This year, the company will likely return to the September launch schedule.
, Samsung is expected to manufacture 80 million display units for the new iPhones, and LG is expected to supply 30 million panels. An earlier leak stated that the Bank of England would also be part of the iPhone 13 supply chain, but today’s report did not mention that.
iPhone 13 specs are rumored: A15 Bionic, up to 1TB of storage, bigger batteries, and an improved camera system
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, all four new models will come with larger batteries, and according to a recent report, the A15 Bionic chip that will supposedly power the iPhone 13 range has also entered production.
The chip is said to be more power efficient than the A14 SoC that powers the iPhone 12, and this should further help extend battery life.