According to a market analyst, the iPhone 14 family will feature Apple’s ProMotion displays with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. However, another analyst argues that this is not the case, as Apple will continue to offer the 120Hz screens only on the Pro variants of the iPhone 14 series. The Cupertino company currently has its ProMotion displays available on the Pro iPhone models, while the regular iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have a standard Super Retina XDR display. All iPhone 14 models are also said to have 6 GB of RAM. The iPhone 14 lineup is expected to feature the iPhone 14 as a regular model, alongside the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max as the two premium offerings and the iPhone 14 Max as an affordable, large-screen option.
As reported by MacRumors, analyst Jeff Pu has claimed in a research note with Haitong International Securities that all four new iPhone 14 models will ship with 120Hz ProMotion displays.
Apple introduced ProMotion displays to the iPhone family last year with the launch of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The new displays provide a smoother user experience, thanks to an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.
Last year’s lineup didn’t offer the same ProMotion displays on the regular iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. That move appears to have changed this time around, however, as Pu suggested the same display experience for all four new iPhone models.
In July, South Korean outlet The Elec reported that LG Display had entered into an internal discussion with manufacturer Avaco to acquire low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) production equipment for the development of 120Hz displays for its entire 2022 iPhone lineup.
Contrary to Pu’s prediction and the Elec report, Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), has said: declared that the ProMotion displays with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz will be limited to the Pro models in the iPhone 14 series. Responding to a question on Twitter, Young said BOE Display, believed to be one of the display suppliers for this year’s iPhone models, did not have enough LTPO capacity and had yet to ship LTPO panels. He assumed that the company could bring ProMotion displays backed by the LTPO technology sometime in 2023.
Pu is also said to have predicted in the research paper that all iPhone 14 models will ship with 6GB of RAM as standard. The analyst previously predicted that the Pro models in the lineup would come with 8 GB of RAM. The latter prediction, however, would be based on a ‘supply chain check’.
To give some perspective, Apple offered 4 GB of RAM on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, while the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max have 6 GB of RAM.
Earlier, Pu stated that the iPhone 14 Pro models will have 256 GB of storage as the base variant, while the standard iPhone 14 models will start with 64 GB of storage. This is in contrast to the iPhone 13 series, where 128 GB is the basic storage option for all models.
The analyst also mentioned that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will come with an improved 48-megapixel primary camera. A recent report from TrendForce also suggested the new camera offering. Similarly, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also suggested the improved 48-megapixel primary camera on the iPhone 14 Pro models in the past.
Given Pu’s track record, it’s safe to view the forecasts with some skepticism at this point.
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