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5 Apr, 2023
2 min time to read

For the first time, with the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple has incorporated a new screen technology called LTPO on the iPhone.

Display Supply Chain Consultants released a report, which sheds more light on the future of iPhone display technology through 2027. According to the report, LTPO technology, which is essentially a custom OLED display that offers a variable refresh rate, will remain exclusive to the higher-end iPhone models for the next several years before potentially being made available to other models in the future.

The technology is currently available only on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, where it is marketed as the "ProMotion" display technology. In contrast, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus come with a fixed 60Hz refresh rate.

The LTPO technology plays a crucial role in power efficiency, allowing the iPhone 14 Pro to run at 120Hz without causing any significant impact on battery life. It also enables features like the Always-On Display used in the iPhone 14 Pro lineup, as the display's refresh rate can drop down to as low as 1Hz.

The report suggests that the technology and associated features will likely remain exclusive to the higher-end iPhone models until 2025. However, by 2025, Display Supply Chain Consultants expects all Apple's iPhone 17 models to adopt LTPO panels as the technology's capacity continues to rise and its costs decrease.

Furthermore, the report provides a roadmap for the future of iPhone display technology, including in-screen Face ID and camera technology. The roadmap shows that for the non-Pro models, the notch and LTPS technology will remain in place for 2021 and 2022, while a pill-shaped design and LTPS technology will be used in 2023 and 2024. By 2025, the non-Pro models are expected to adopt LTPO technology, followed by under panel Face ID and hole, and LTPO technology in 2027.

In contrast, the Pro models will feature LTPO technology from 2021 to 2027, with a notch in 2021, a pill-shaped design in 2022 and 2023, and under panel Face ID and a hole in 2025. The Pro models are expected to have under panel Face ID and an under-panel camera in 2027.