The current crop of iPhones may support an impressive 120Hz touch sampling rate. But their display refresh rates still sit at 60Hz. This may change next year, as Apple is considering a switchable 60Hz / 120Hz refresh rate displays for the iPhones of 2020.
Serial leaker Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) claims that the company is also currently is discussion with Samsung and LG for such displays. But it’s important to note that discussions are still ongoing, so it’s best to not count on it happening just yet.
Apple is considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate screen on the iPhone in 2020, and is discussing with Samsung and LG. pic.twitter.com/4aoU303umu
— ICE UNIVERSE (@UniverseIce) July 21, 2019
As it is now, only the second generation iPad Pros can boast having 120Hz refresh rates. They make use of what Apple calls ProMotion displays, which switch between 60Hz and 120Hz on the fly as needed. For example, the former is engaged when viewing static images to help conserve battery. It also happens automatically, so you won’t have to switch to 120Hz when playing games, for example.
It looks like there’s a chance the ProMotion tech will be heading to the iPhones, granting them the same benefits as the second generation iPad Pros. But since those will only show up next year, we should probably focus our attention of this year’s batch of iPhones. Previous rumours indicated that this year’s iPhones would make use of Samsung’s flexible OLED displays, but it looks like the jury is still out regarding that matter.