Apple only just released its latest batch of iPhones last month – the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max – but that hasn’t stopped rumours circulating about the exciting new features planned for its 2020 handsets.
The latest piece of speculation about Apple’s upcoming iPhones comes courtesy of DigiTimes. The outlet has claimed Apple’s next flagships could boast displays with boosted refresh rates up to 120Hz.
If true, the American firm’s next devices could eclipse Android rivals like the Google Pixel 4 and the OnePlus 7T series in terms of sheer smoothness.
Why do refresh rates matter you ask? In a nutshell, they make using a device buttery smooth, more responsive and feel faster overall.
Although DigiTimes has a mixed track record when it comes to iPhone rumours (especially 11 months ahead of their expected release), it would make perfect sense for Apple to up the quality of its mobile displays.
Back in 2017, Apple introduced what it called ProMotion display technology for its iPad Pro series. ProMotion is a feature that allows the tablet to dynamically adjust its refresh rate up to 120Hz depending on what’s being displayed on-screen.
At the time, the tech firm boasted about how ProMotion delivers “fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness and smoother motion content”.
It’s clear Apple sees ProMotion as a Pro-only feature. The firm hasn’t granted any of its other tablets a higher refresh rate display. So, surely it would make sense for the firm to introduce 120Hz to its Pro iPhones too, right?
There are currently very few smartphones on the market that boast 120Hz screens. These include the Razer Phone, Razer Phone 2 and Asus ROG Phone 2.
In contrast, the likes of the OnePlus 7T and Pixel 4 have 90Hz refresh rates, meaning they’re not quite as smooth as their gaming-focused competition.
A higher refresh rate might not be the only change coming to the displays of new iPhones. Of course, there’s been speculation Apple could finally get rid of, or shrink, the notch currently present on all its flagships in 2020.
Additionally, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed screen sizes will be altered slightly next year. The successor to the iPhone 11 Pro Max has been tipped to boast a larger 6.7-inch screen while the regular ol’ iPhone 11 Pro has been tipped to downsize to 5.4-inches from 5.8-inches. The successor to the standard iPhone 11 has been claimed to stick with a 6.1-inch screen, though.
Kuo also said Apple’s most premium iPhones will boast support for 5G networks, too.
Of course, all rumours about Apple’s next iPhones should be taken with a huge pinch of salt, primarily because they’re so far away from releasing.