Samsung and LG have started production of OLED panels for this year’s iPhone 13 series, reports South Korean outlet The Elec. Like last year, 2021’s lineup is also rumored to feature four models: 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 is making 120Hz ProMotion displays for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone13 Pro Max
It is believed that Samsung is manufacturing low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistor (TFT) OLED panels with 120Hz support for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
iPhone 13 Pro’s LTPO panel is also likely to finally bring Always On Display to iPhones. Apple is expected to take a similar approach as Android manufacturers. Time and battery charge will always be visible and notifications will be displayed temporarily when they arrive, per one rumor.
LG will supply 60Hz panels for the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13
LG is apparently working on conventional low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) TFT OLED panels for the iPhone 13 mini and the iPhone 13. These models are not expected to support a high refresh rate and will retain a 60Hz screen.
The report also points out that OLED production for the iPhone 13 series has started a month earlier than last year, a sign that things are normalizing. Last year’s iPhone 12 range was severely impacted because of the coronavirus pandemic, forcing Apple to delay the launch by a month. This year, Apple is likely to revert to a September launch schedule.
In all, Samsung is forecasted to manufacture 80 million display units for the new iPhones, and LG is expected to supply 30 million panels. A previous leak had said that BOE would also be a part of iPhone 13’s supply chain, but today’s report makes no mention of it.
iPhone 13 rumored specs: A15 Bionic, up to 1TB of storage, bigger batteries, and improved camera system
Rumors also point at new color options and up to 1TB of storage.