The iPhone 15 Pro versions from Apple will be more costly, quicker, and curvier. More purchasers will probably turn to the regular iPhone 15 models as a result of the price rise, but they will be disappointed.
Apple will once more defy industry norms and make its Promotion 120Hz screens, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max exclusives, according to a fresh leak from (historically trustworthy) insider yeux1122. Apple has restricted high refresh rate (HRR) displays to its most costly iPhones for the third year in a row, and this practice is becoming increasingly unreasonable.
A high refresh rate display is valuable because it can refresh up to twice as frequently as a typical 60Hz panel, resulting in smoother animations and a more fluid experience. It can also make touch input feel more responsive, despite no changes to the touch sampling rate.
High refresh rates have also grown increasingly popular, with products like Samsung’s $299 Galaxy M33 and RealMe’s $199 Narzo 50 even introducing 120Hz screens to the entry-level market. So why does Apple still only allow their $1,000 iPhones to have 120Hz “ProMotion” displays? Two things ultimately matter: execution and marketing.
Apple solely employs LTPO panels
Apple solely employs LTPO panels for ProMotion in terms of implementation. This is because cheaper 120Hz phones have conventional displays, which quickly deplete battery life while working at 120Hz. As a means of reducing energy usage, LTPO panels include a variable refresh rate that can fall as low as 1Hz while the screen is static.
Does this indicate that all low-cost 120Hz phones have poor battery life? No. Others just use larger batteries, but Apple favors its high-end solution. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models are destined to remain without this essential functionality for another year as Apple only provides its always-on display on iPhones with LTPO screens.
In terms of marketing, Apple is at blame for the issue. The Macbook Pro, iPad Pro, and iPhone Pro are the only products with the ProMotion brand at the moment. So, anything short of renaming ProMotion is probably just going to confuse customers and obscure the precisely defined product lines of the firm. Since ProMotion’s first release in 2017, Apple hasn’t designated any technology as “Pro-,” thus I assume the company is aware of the problem.
None of which benefits purchasers of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, who only desire the high refresh rates they see on competitor smartphones at considerably lower costs. We now know that won’t change for at least another year, but a revised design, a locked-down USB-C version, and some wacky new colors will be a little consolation.
On the other hand, you’ll have to pay more – a lot more — if you want all the iPhone 15 Pro models will have to offer.
03/11 Update: Regarding Apple’s iPhone intentions, yeux1122 has given more details, stating that the corporation will introduce under-screen Touch ID in two to three years.
According to Yeux1122, the new technology integrates optical and short-wave infrared technologies, and the business has already been awarded 12 relevant patents. Furthermore, this fingerprint-reading technology is distinct from whatever we have hitherto encountered:
“What is different from existing fingerprint recognition sensors and solutions is that it is possible to identify the user’s vein pattern,” states yeux1122. “It is possible to measure the user’s blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate. It also shows [a] fast situational recognition rate by determining whether the user is wearing gloves and whether the user’s fingers are wet or dry.
If true, these would be significant developments that would expand the current limitations of biometric security systems for fingerprint readers on smartphones.
It would also offer Apple a compelling incentive to revisit the technology (which, according to yeux1122, would be utilized in conjunction with Face ID), and when coupled with an Apple Watch, this might be a revolutionary development.