According to a blogger on Naver, a popular South Korean platform, the upcoming iPhone 15, which is Apple’s next mainstream smartphone update, will not feature an LTPO screen panel technology upgrade. This means that features like ProMotion and Always-On display will not be available.
Apple has only offered ProMotion on its Pro models since its introduction a few years ago. The iPhone 13 Pro was the first iPhone to have a 120Hz refresh rate. The ProMotion feature continued to be exclusive to the Pro models with the iPhone 14 Pro. However, the Always-On display feature was added, which allowed important information to be visible even when the phone was in Sleep mode.
These features have been present in high-end Android phones for years and have even made their way to more affordable Android phones. This has made some people frustrated that Apple is reluctant to offer them on its non-Pro iPhones, which are still expensive.
Apple is likely to continue its stance of reserving the ProMotion and Always-On display features exclusively for its Pro models in the foreseeable future, despite the fact that these features are not considered “Pro” by anyone other than Apple. If you want a 120Hz refresh rate iPhone at the end of 2023, you will have to choose between the iPhone 15 Pro or the iPhone 15 Ultra.
This is not the first time we have heard about this. In September, display analyst Ross Young claimed that the iPhone 15 would not feature an LTPO display due to supply chain limitations, even though it would adopt the Dynamic Island feature of the iPhone 14 Pro.