iPhone 12 Pro Display Tech Leaked w/ 120Hz “ProMotion” Update

By Richard Goodwin •  Updated: 06/29/20 •  5 min read

Apple’s 2020 flagship iPhones, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, will both feature heavily updated displays compared to 2019’s iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max…

In just a couple of months, Apple will take the wraps off its new 2020 iPhones in the form of the iPhone 12 range, a line-up of phones that will apparently feature four models – the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All models are believed to feature 5G and OLED panels. But Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro models will have at least one ace up their sleeves…

According to Ice Universe, a well-known Twitter leaker, Apple’s incoming 2020 iPhone flagships – AKA the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max – will feature 120Hz ProMotion displays. If true, this would be a significant update over Apple’s current iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max – both of these phones feature 60Hz displays.

With respect to how Apple will differentiate its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models, the leak suggests the entry-level, cheaper iPhone 12 models (iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max) will both feature the same 60Hz display tech found inside Apple’s 2019 iPhone 11 range. However, Apple’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will be significantly cheaper than last year’s iPhone with prices starting at $549 which is $150 less than Apple’s current iPhone 11 price.

Confused? It is a little confusing, right? Four iPhone models, different refresh rates, and a range of different prices. Never fear, based on what we know, here’s a quick breakdown of what Apple’s 2020 iPhone 12 range should look like:

iPhone 12 Models Coming In 2020: How They’re Different

What is Apple’s ProMotion Display?

ProMotion first launched inside the iPad Pro range. Here’s the official line on what ProMotion does via Apple:

“The edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display — in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes — is the world’s most advanced mobile display. Featuring P3 wide color support, it lets customers see photos, videos, apps, and games in vivid, true-to-life detail. ProMotion technology automatically adjusts the display refresh rate up to 120 Hz for ultra-smooth scrolling and responsiveness. And no matter where customers take iPad Pro or how they interact with it, True Tone, high brightness, and an anti-reflective coating deliver the best viewing experience possible on any mobile device.”

Obviously, the above quote is talking about the iPad Pro but nearly all of what is said will make its way down to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The main benefit of 120Hz displays is the smoothness and wider color palettes; things just look more vivid and engaging. Plenty of Android phones can now technically do 120Hz, but none have yet truly nailed it – the Galaxy S20 cannot do QHD+ at 120Hz, for instance, though Samsung is believed to be fixing this on the incoming Galaxy S21.

Will you notice a difference between the iPhone 12’s 60Hz display and the iPhone 12 Pro’s 120Hz display? In a word, yes – the iPhone 12 Pro’s display will have better overall color performance and it will be visibly smoother to use, both inside iOS and when using applications and/or playing games. You will also notice the difference when watching videos on the iPhone 12 Pro models – videos will “pop” more and run smoother, as you can see below in the video:

Find out more about the iPhone 12 range inside our in-depth coverage of the phone which looks at all aspects of the phones – from design changes to camera tech.

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Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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