Each release of Apple’s iPhone lineup is a haven for tech upgrades and the iPhone 13 is no exception. But one unique upgrade has been with Android users for years now. So why did Apple just release it now?
With every release of new iPhone models, Apple doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to catch up to new tech in the smartphone category. And it actually works in their favor. That’s why releasing this one unique upgrade is still a welcome development for a lot of iPhone users.
Variable refresh rate
This feature is available in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. It makes use of a low-temperature polycrystalline oxide display or LTPO. This technology, which was designed for OLED display, which stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode. That’s a lot of acronyms so let’s break it down to understand how it helps Apple achieve this exciting upgrade.
The OLED display is unique because rather than having one single source of light, each pixel is controlled individually. This means that they are able to create their own light.
So what does it mean? With the ability to control each pixel’s light, you get brighter colors, fast motion, and on top of these, excellent picture contrast.
So now that we understand how cool OLED is, how does it help you with a variable refresh rate from the old 60Hz to a whopping 120Hz? This will give you an always-on option on your screen and a smoother and faster transition when swiping. It also has a hand in increasing your processor speed.
How does it help your iPhone experience?
Having an always-on display makes it much faster to glance at your phone to check the date and even time. Admit it, there are times we use our iPhone to do just that but have to quickly press the side or home button to light it up.
The faster transition will also make your iPhone use a lot more exciting especially when you are playing games. With faster processor speed, you will have no problem multitasking with your iPhone as well. Though it is the first time for the upgrade to be included in your iPhone, it was already part of the Series 4 Apple Watch.
Why is Apple not in a hurry in releasing tech upgrades with iPhones?
A lot of iPhone users would be the first to admit that Android phones are usually the first to put out new tech in smartphones. One explanation is that Apple chooses to refine tech before launching it. But there are people who point out that there is simply no competitive pressure on Apple to always be the first to launch tech upgrades.
One ideal explanation for this is that they are simply at a different level all of their own. Apple also does not have many iPhone models to differentiate one from the other unlike in the Android market. So there is not a lot of need to define one model from the other with unique tech. This strategy is common with Android phones because there are simply too many models to choose from.
It also helps that waiting to perfect tech upgrades also means component prices could already be more manageable and manufacturing capacity to be in a vertical. This is crucial with the sheer amount of iPhone units Apple needs to manufacture and ship out globally every year.
They plan in advance that they just released iPhone 13 but there are already rumors they would be tapping LG Display for LTPO OLED displays for the next release. Currently, they are only working with Samsung for the LTPO display.
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