A new Apple patent, released by the US Patent and Trademark Office, describes an iPhone screen that can refresh at two, three, or even four times its native refresh rate when a high refresh rate is turned on.
All modern iPhones have refresh rates of 60Hz, but as of 2017, iPad Pro models have been equipped with ProMotion technology, which allows refresh rates up to 120Hz. Previously, it was rumored that the iPhone 12 would automatically switch between 60Hz and 120Hz depending on the content displayed. Now this feature is expected in the iPhone 13.
The device’s ability to switch between 60Hz and 120Hz isn’t new, but Apple’s patent describes the iPhone’s ability to boost refresh rates to 180 or even 240Hz. Rumors suggest that Apple will solve the problem of increased power consumption with the iPhone 13’s LTPO low-power display technology, which provides 120Hz without significantly affecting battery life.
Rumors surfaced this week with a refresh rate of 120Hz; The iPhone 13 range will also support an always-on screen that displays date, time, battery level, notifications, and more.
Apple finally beat Samsung in the global smartphone market
Apple overtook Samsung to become the world’s leading smartphone brand amid record sales of iPhone smartphones. The company made a huge leap in the last quarter of last year, as Huawei’s position weakened considerably.
According to Counterpoint Research, iPhone smartphone shipments increased 22% in the previous quarter. The surge is due to the release of the iPhone 12 line, which supports fifth generation networks. In addition, sales of previous models did not drop, demand for which is stable after the price drop.
The company has shipped 90 million smartphones and has over 23% of the market share. Analysts note that Apple has strengthened its position in the premium segment of smartphones in China. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, two of the three best-selling premium smartphones in China are from Apple.
The second place in the quarter belongs to Samsung, which received around 19% of the market. Third place went to Xiaomi, followed by Oppo and Vivo, who took fourth and fifth respectively. Huawei dropped to 6th place.
If we consider the results of the year, then Samsung is in the lead; Apple is second, Huawei third, followed by Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme. The latter has been the fastest growing brand over the past year.
The data from Counterpoint Research is broadly consistent with estimates from another analyst firm, IDC, which we have previously published.