A new leak suggests that Apple has indeed included 120Hz screens on iPhone 12 Pro series, they simply won’t be activated via the software.
Reliable leaker DuanRui took to Twitter saying that many reliable leakers in China believe that “the iPhone 12 Pro series screen hardware supports a high refresh rate.” However, “it may just be that this function is restricted in the system and no option is given.
There are some implications to this tweet that we need to consider. First off, the tweet doesn’t mention that the high refresh rate display would indeed be 120Hz. However, we can make an assumption that it is 120Hz based on previous leaks.
Leaks dating back to earlier this year suggested the iPhone 12 lineup would ship with a 120Hz display. However, any hopes of being able to enjoy a 120Hz display on the upcoming iPhone were scrapped by a recent leak; which further suggested that the iPhone 13 would get a 120Hz display instead. The reason Apple won’t be including a high refresh rate display in its iPhone 12 lineup is that the company kept facing battery-draining issues.
If this is what today’s leak implies, the iPhone 12 lineup may support the hardware that could crank up the display to 120Hz (no variable refresh rate, though). However, since Apple’s testing revealed that it made far too many tradeoffs, it will disabled in the software.
Still, there’s a possibility that future jailbreaks for the devices may enable it.
Smartphone companies do this often: come up with a new feature, test it; if it fails to meet a certain standard, ship the device with the feature disabled.
The iPhone 12 lineup is expected to comprise of a 5.4-inch iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. All the devices are expected to support 5G and ship with an updated design with flat-edges reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and the iPad Pro.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 12 lineup along with a HomePod mini at its October 13 “Hi, Speed” event.