iPhone 12 Lineup Will Lack 120Hz Displays; Touch ID in Power Button for iPad Air: Kuo

iPhone 12 renders from EverythingApplePro

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released his latest research note, detailing more about iPhone 12 and Apple’s special event tomorrow.

According to the note seen by MacRumors, Kuo says the iPhone 12 lineup won’t get a 120Hz refresh rate due to the strain on battery life. Instead, this feature will debut on iPhones in 2021 set to get LTPO display tech, which uses less battery life.

As for iPhone 12, Kuo says the 5.4-inch model will have a slightly narrower notch to ensure information can be shown in the display’s corners. The rest of the iPhone 12 lineup (two 6.1-inch models and one 6.7-inch model) will retain the same notch size as last year’s iPhone 11 models.

As expected, Apple will launch 5G for the first time across all iPhone 12 models, says Kuo, featuring sub-6GHz-only and sub-6GHz-plus-mmWave versions across the lineup, with the former versions to ship first.

As for tomorrow’s special event, Kuo’s expectations are in line with what others such as Bloomberg have noted, a focus on Apple Watch and iPad Air. The Apple Watch Series 6 coming tomorrow will retain its same design and an all-new refresh won’t arrive until the latter half of 2021 predicts Kuo.

The iPad Air coming tomorrow will have an integrated Touch ID sensor built into the side power button, to allow for an all-screen design like Apple’s current iPad Pro design. The analyst believes future iPads will take on this new feature in 2021 as well.

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