The highlight of the iPhone 14 Pro models is the Dynamic Island – the interactive replacement for the screen notch. It’s currently only in the most expensive iOS handsets, but those who prefer Apple’s two “standard” models reportedly won’t have to wait too long for a chance at the screen cutout.
The same apparently isn’t true for ProMotion displays.
iPhone 15 series: No more screen notch, Dynamic Island for everyone
In the iPhone 14 Pro models, Apple transformed the cutout for the front-facing camera and other sensors from a notch into a pill shape, and then built in plenty of functionality. It’s now called the Dynamic Island, and it expands to become the music player, show turn-by-turn directions and phone call status, and much more.
The 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus stick with the traditional notch (AKA the static peninsula). But the replacement won’t stay a Pro-only feature for long. “Dynamic Island expected on standard models on the [iPhone] 15,” says Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, in a tweet.
But no 120Hz displays
The analyst then throws cold water on any speculation that the iPhone 15 standard models will have ProMotion displays, a feature that debuted in the iPhone 13 Pro models.
“Still not expecting 120Hz/LTPO on standard models as supply chain can’t support it,” said Young in the same tweet.
Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide is the type of screen panel Apple uses for 120Hz displays. These can also scale down to much slower refresh rates so they don’t put too much drain on the battery.
Young says BOE Technology won’t be able to supply Apple with LTPO panels until possibly 2024. That leaves Samsung as the only supplier, and that’s apparently not enough to use them in every iPhone model. Other companies already use LTPO in Android handsets because they don’t sell nearly as many units as Apple does.
This isn’t the first iPhone 15 rumor: Apple’s 2023 handsets will also supposedly be the end for the Lightning connector. USB-C will replace it in all models .