Some models in the iPhone 13 range have been repeatedly rumored to have 120Hz displays, and now there is even more evidence that these high refresh rate displays are intended for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. According to a report from TheElec, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are set to feature 120Hz AMPOLED LTPO displays that will be manufactured exclusively by the Samsung Display division. Additionally, Samsung Electro-Mechanics appears to be providing Flexible Printed Circuit Boards (RFPCBs) to new iPhone devices.
RFPCBs are more expensive than traditional FPCBs and are used to connect OLED displays to the main internal board. RFPCBs are rigid, but can still be folded, which means more sophisticated models can be implemented. Samsung Display will apparently provide 110 million screens for the iPhone this year, with another 50 million from the LG Display and 9 million from the BOE; the latter is likely to only provide 60Hz displays for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini.
Samsung Electro-Mechanics appears to be closing the deal because it hasn’t made enough profit in recent years. It provided plates for the iPhone 12 last year and it looks like it will do so again for the iPhone 13, but you can drop the deal after that, according to this report. We expect the iPhone 13 release date to be set for September 2021, but it may be subject to change, given the Covid-19 pandemic. For the past 10 years, Apple has consistently unveiled its flagship phones at an event in early September and released the phones 10 days later. All of this has changed in 2020, due to the pandemic, and phones have been delayed.