Samsung and LG have started production of OLED panels for this year iPhone 13 series, reports South Korean outlet The Elec. As in the previous year, four models are to be presented in the 2021 lineup: 5.4-Inch iPhone 13 Mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 13, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro max.
Samsung makes 120 Hz ProMotion displays for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
Samsung is believed to make low temperature thin film transistor (TFT) OLED panels with polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) and 120 Hz support for that iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro max.
The LTPO panel is likely to finally bring Always On Display to iPhones as well. Apple is expected to take a similar approach to Android manufacturers. Time and battery charge are always visible and notifications are temporarily displayed according to a rumor when they arrive.
LG will supply 60 Hz panels for the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13
LG appears to be working on traditional Polycrystalline Silicon (LTFT) TFT OLED panels for the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13. These models do not expect a high refresh rate and maintain a 60 Hz screen.
The report also suggests that OLED production for the iPhone 13 series started a month earlier than last year, a sign that things are starting to return to normal. Last year’s iPhone 12 lineup was hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic, so Apple had to delay the launch by a month. This year, the company is expected to return to a launch plan for September.
In total, Samsung is expected to manufacture 80 million display units for the new iPhones, and LG is expected to supply 30 million panels. A previous leak had said BOE would also be part of the iPhone 13 supply chain, but today’s report doesn’t mention that.
Rumors about the iPhone 13: A15 Bionic, up to 1 TB of storage, larger batteries and an improved camera system
Rumors also point to new color options and up to 1TB of storage.