iPhone 13 series launch may happen on time this year. After a report earlier said that Apple's chip partner TSMC has begun making A15 processors, the latest one has suggested that displays for the next-generation iPhone models have already gone into production. According to South Korea's The Elec, Samsung Display and LG Display have also begun manufacturing the displays. However, Samsung Display is going to be the only supplier of LTPO displays for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max that will have the 120Hz ProMotion technology.
While both Samsung Display and LG Display will supply displays to Apple for this year's iPhone, rumours have mostly pointed out that it is Samsung that has got the contract for making the advanced low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistor (TFT) OLED panels, which are marginally better than the regular OLEDs. The LTPO display will reportedly feature the 120Hz adaptive refresh rate with Apple's ProMotion technology, but it will be available only on the expensive iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Since last year, Apple's iPhone series has spawned four models, out of which the ones with "Pro" in their names come with premium features, such as more cameras.
LG Display, on the other hand, will be supplying Apple low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) TFT OLED panels for the other two iPhone models, the iPhone 13 mini and the iPhone 13. These OLED panels will supposedly lack a high refresh rate, so you can expect the regular 60Hz on them. Apart from LG Display, BOE is also a supplier of LTPS OLED displays to Apple for this year's iPhone 13, according to previous reports, but its status on production is not available at this point.
According to the report, Samsung Display is expected to provide up to 120 million to 130 million units of LTPO OLED panels, while LG may reach a production capacity of 50 million units. That huge difference is because Samsung would be single-handedly working to supply the LTPO displays to Apple, while for the LTPS displays, Apple has two suppliers, LG Display and BOE, both sharing the workload. Also, considering the number of units Samsung Display will be churning out, Apple seems quite optimistic about the Pro variants of the upcoming iPhone 13 series, despite their exorbitant price tag. If previous records have told anything, it is the lower-end models, for instance, the iPhone 12, that sell the most in the series.
It is good news for iPhone 13's potential buyers because the production has reportedly begun at least a month earlier than last year's production of displays for iPhone 12. Last year, most manufacturing lines were battling issues caused by Covid-19, but this year, the situation is a lot better, at least logistics-wise. Moreover, the circumstances around the production of phone hardware may change at any time because of the pandemic, so Apple's way of starting early kind of makes sense. TSMC is also reportedly making the A15 chips. With all of this, Apple may be able to plan the iPhone 13 launch at its usual time, i.e., in September.
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