Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants and frequent Apple display forecaster, has released a new report claiming that Apple will finally add 120Hz ProMotion to mainstream iPhone models, but not until 2025, more than two years from now.
In a tweet while showing his planned roadmap, he claims Apple will bring the “pill” and Dynamic Island in the current Pro models to the standard iPhone 15 models later this year, as has been claimed for some time. But the standard iPhones will still use an LTPS display technology rather than the LTPO found in the Pro models (and Apple Watch). LPTO allows for refresh rate changes in a more power-efficient manner and is seen as necessary for both ProMotion and always-on display in iPhones. (Both features can exist with LTPS screens and other display technologies, but the resulting battery drain is generally considered too much for iPhone or Apple Watch.)
According to Young’s roadmap, next year’s iPhones will have the same display features as this year’s. However, in 2025 the regular iPhones will start to match the current Pro models – with an LTPO display that enables 120Hz ProMotion and presumably an always-on display too. That same year, the Pro models would get Face ID sensors located below the screen accompanied by a small hole for the front camera. In 2027, Young predicts that the standard models will get that arrangement, while the Pro models also remove the front camera below the screen for a completely free front panel.
That all sounds very exciting, but a word of caution with these predictions: While they use the best available information from a respected supply chain analyst, it is very difficult to predict what Apple will do even next year, let alone two years or more in the future. future. Available technologies and their costs can change quite a bit between now and then, and even Apple hasn’t set the features of the 2025 iPhone in stone yet.