Contrary to recent reports, industry insider Ross Young claims that Apple’s ProMotion display technology will remain exclusive to the Pro models of this year’s ‘iPhone 14’ rather than be available across all models.
As reported by MacRumors, Young published a tweet discussing some of the design components pertaining to the tentatively named iPhone 14. When asked whether all new models will feature a 120Hz ProMotion display, Young touched on the supply chain hurdles that may have impacted the decision to have all four expected iPhone 14 models feature ProMotion.
According to Young, Chinese manufacturer BOE was expected to be supplying the LTPO OLED displays for the non-Pro iPhone 14 models. However, the manufacturer has yet to ship any LTPO panels. This concern would only affect the integration of ProMotion on non-Pro iPhones as Samsung is the exclusive supplier for Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro models.
No since BOE doesn’t have enough LTPO capacity and have yet to ship any LTPO panels. Would be quite risky. Maybe in 2023…
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) January 15, 2022
Apple first introduced ProMotion to the iPhone in 2021. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max both feature 120Hz displays, which allows for higher refresh rates and a smoother scrolling experience. So far, ProMotion, as the name indicates, has been exclusive to Apple ‘Pro’ devices such as iPad Pro, and the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Although the prospect of having ProMotion breakthrough onto the full lineup of iPhones later this year would be appealing, the pressure supply chains continue to face means that plans constantly change. As Young mentioned, perhaps by 2023 BOE will be able to provide LTPO panels for non-Pro iPhone devices.