The steady supply of iPhone 15 leaks continues, with new information emerging this week about the screen features of Apple’s 2023 handsets. But it’s not good news for those planning to buy the standard iPhone 15.
The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, according to an anonymous industry source quoted by “yeux1122″ on the Korean Naver blog, still won’t get access to the ProMotion dynamic screen technology that arrived on the Pro models in 2021, which allows a phone can be adjusted adjust the refresh rate according to the current activity and extend the battery life. As the blog writes (via machine translation): “What is confirmed here is that only the Pro series will have a specification that supports LTPO 120 refresh rate, with the normal default [and] Plus model does not have it in it [their] requirements.”
This logically means, as MacRumors argues, that the standard models also won’t get the always-on screen feature that debuted last year, as ProMotion’s ability to drop the refresh rate all the way down to 1 Hz was essential to making the always-on screen work. fuses. of a battery killer. While ProMotion is a subtle improvement that provides smoother animations and better battery performance without the user necessarily being aware of it, the always-on screen is a standout flagship feature, and (relatively) budget-conscious customers will be disappointed to miss out again .
yeux1122 has a spotty track record accurately predicting the price of the iPhone 14 and its deep purple color, but lacks RAM and loading speeds. But this rumor is consistent with previous predictions: Last September, Ross Young, a display industry analyst with an excellent track record, made the same prediction. On the plus side, Young reports that the Dynamic Island will be available on the non-Pro model later this year.
In other words, it looks like Apple intends to continue its recent strategy of pushing customers to buy the more expensive Pro models, even at the expense of selling the basic phones. In 2022, the standard iPhone 14 lacked a plethora of Pro upgrades — ProMotion, the always-on display, and the Dynamic Island — and it didn’t even get the latest processor. All this aside from the usual difference of a weaker camera system and the inability to access the highest tiers of storage. In our iPhone 14 review, we called it “basically an iPhone 13s.”
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