- Apple’s ProMotion tech will remain exclusive to the iPhone Pro models this year.
- The non-Pro iPhones are unlikely to get ProMotion before 2025.
- Apple is also likely to introduce iPhone 17 Pro models with under-screen Face ID sensors in 2025.
iPhone 15 series is expected to launch in September 2023. Apple is expected to launch four new iPhone models. The iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max. The Pro models are likely to get most of the major updates this year, whereas the 15 and 15 Plus could finally get the Dynamic Island pill-shaped cutout. There was a lot of buzz around the Dynamic Island and the features it came with when the iPhone 14 Pro models were announced. After remaining exclusive to the Pro models for a year, it looks like Apple will finally introduce Dynamic Island in all four iPhones this year.
However, one much-requested feature by several enthusiasts, 120Hz ProMotion, will continue to be absent from the vanilla models this year, according to a new leak. Ross Young from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) has now revealed that the iPhone’s non-Pro lineup will not get the dynamic refresh rate support feature for at least another couple of generations.
No ProMotion Display for non-Pro iPhone till 2025
A new report from DSCC claims that Apple will skip adding the 120Hz ProMotion display to the vanilla iPhone models for the next couple of generations. This means that the iPhone 15/ 15 Plus and the iPhone 16/ 16 Plus will continue to get a 60Hz refresh rate display. The report stated that the iPhone 17/ 17 Plus will be the first non-Pro iPhone models to get an LTPO 120Hz refresh rate display. The iPhone 15 and the iPhone 16, on the other hand, will feature a 60Hz LTPS panel.
The move might disappoint Apple fans who have been looking forward to experience the ProMotion display tech on their iPhones without having to spend over $1000.
The report also revealed that Apple’s iPhone 17 Pro lineup, which will also launch in 2025, will feature a hole-punch cutout for the front camera. The Face ID sensors will exist and will be moved below the screen.
In 2027, when the iPhone 19 series will launch, the non-Pro models will get the under-screen Face ID sensors and a hole-punch display. It will also be the year when the iPhone 19 Pro and 19 Pro Max will get another major upgrade with the front camera and Face ID sensors being placed under the display. This means that there will be no cutout on the display of the Pro models, whereas the non-Pro iPhones will have a hole-punch cutout at the top for the front camera.
Apple is clearly maintaining the difference between the Pro and non-Pro models. Be it Dynamic Island, ProMotion or under-screen Face ID, the Pro models will be the first to get the tech, whereas the non-Pro models will get it a year or two later.
Meanwhile, we have already seen some smartphone manufacturers going the under-screen front camera route on a few premium smartphones and foldable phones. And by the time the iPhone gets the tech, it is possible that the feature will be mainstream on Android devices.