Apple’s main iPhone assembler released its third quarter forecast today and it included comments suggesting that there is a shortage of components used to manufacture the upcoming iPhone 13 series. In May, Foxconn said that the time between ordering chips and receiving them (known as the lead time) was as long as one year. The longer the lead time, the harder it is to find the semiconductors sought.
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We could be roughly just four weeks away from the official unveiling of the 2021 iPhone 13 models and the last few leaks have made a point of revealing that Apple will increase the battery capacities for the new models. Some of that extra battery life is already earmarked for the 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate expected on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. As you might imagine, updating the display 120 per second consumes plenty of power.
Apple hopes to reduce the energy consumption for ProMotion by using an LTPO backplane that will not only help deliver an always-on display, but will reduce the refresh rate to as low as 1Hz. This can be done when the screen shows static content such as texts and emails. At 120Hz, you can expect silky smooth scrolling and enhanced animations. Users will also need the extra battery life to help power their phone’s 5G connectivity.