Apple's next-generation silicon for Macs, dubbed the M2, has reportedly entered mass production ahead of additional Apple silicon Mac hardware introductions expected in late 2021.
Despite rocking 120HZ displays, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max should consume 15-20 percent less power than the iPhone 12 Pro, according to a new report.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS:The Pro models will use low-power LTPO technology. LTPO uses a power-efficient backplane. Samsung and LG to supply LTPO panels to Apple. 2021 is the year the iPhone goes ProMotion
Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes corroborates earlier reports calling for a 120Hz iPhone.
Samsung Display and LG Display, now offering LTPS OLED displays for iPhones, are proceeding with capacity conversion to LTPO ones at their Apple-dedicated 6G OLED lines, with the conversion likely to be completed in the first half of 2021, the sources said, adding that production capacity will drop due to the added oxide step when LTPS is converted to LTPO.
The report states that the Pro models will consume 15-20 percent less battery power even with their 120Hz displays in use. Although not strictly mentioned in the DigiTimes report, that's almost certainly a result of switching to LTPO display technology and Apple's upcoming A15 chip which should consume less power than the current A14 processor.
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All iPhone models to date refresh their screens sixty times per second. Doubling the refresh rate would bring smoother motion when navigating the iOS user interface, scrolling, playing games, watching high-frame-rate video and so forth.
Analysts and supply chain sources have been saying for months now that the next iPhone would adopt Apple's ProMotion display technology to double their screen refresh rate. The technology first debuted on Apple's 2018 iPad Pro tablet lineup.
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Drawing twice the images requires a faster GPU and memory, boosting power consumption. Apple is said to address that problem by switching to low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) display technology that relies on a much more power-efficient backplane.
LTPO technology could also enable Apple to bring an always-on display to the next iPhone. Apple already uses LTPO technology in the Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6.
Apple's contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to build next-generation chips for the upcoming iPhone 13 and its next Mac computers ahead of schedule.
The rumor-mill should not be expecting a March release of Apple's next 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED screen because the tablet won't enter mass production before April at the earliest.
Have you had enough of the notch at a time when Android handsets with hole-punch displays proliferate? If so, this year's iPhone could finally bring us what we really want: a smaller notch.
A new supply chain report has confirmed an earlier prediction that the MacBook Air, Apple's most popular notebook, will be adopting mini-LED display technology in 2022.
A new report from Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes has reaffirmed a belief held by reputable analysts and watchers that the next iPad Pro with mini-LED backlight technology is slated to arrive sometime in the first quarter of 2021, most likely in the spring.
According to sources at Taiwan-based supply chain makers, the Cupertino technology giant Apple has now increased orders for time-of-flight LiDAR scanners that are used on the latest iPhones, reportedly thanks to strong demand for the iPhone 12 Pro smartphones.
The flagship 12.9-inch iPad Pro model outfitted with Apple's new display backlighting technology, dubbed mini-LED, is apparently coming early next year rather than in the fourth quarter of 2020, as analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed recently.
Disruptions caused to the global supply chain by the coronavirus pandemic have promoted Apple to stagger its iPhone launches this year, with two 6.1-inch models launching first.
Future iPhone cameras may be able to transfer high-resolution image data from the CMOS sensor to the main Apple chip at higher speeds, boosting live streaming and augmented reality apps over high-speed 5G cellular data networks (based on the mmWave standard).
A new supply chain rumor alleges that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6 will come with blood oxygen monitoring capabilities, a potentially game-changing feature.