The iOS 14 developer beta is available, giving users the opportunity to try out exciting new features like widgets and the App Library. But it may also have revealed a great display update for the upcoming iPhone 12.
Featured concept artist and filter-bender Ben Geskin posted a screenshot of the iOS 14 accessibility menu that appears to have a new “Frame Rate Limit” option. According to the description, this option “sets the maximum frame rate of the screen to 60 frames per second.” But since the current iPhone 11 series is already limited to 60Hz, this could be a sign that Apple is gearing up for faster 120Hz displays on the iPhone 12.
If you got to Settings – Accessibility – Motion, you can see an option to limit the screen’s maximum frame rate to 60 frames per second (@JunoTecho sent me the screenshot) But why if the iPhone 11 Pro screen Max can’t work? taller than that anyway? https://t.co/GmcVjcTFQ3 pic.twitter.com/Otgc8GEkjf June 23, 2020
The iPhone 12 is rumored to carry a 120Hz Pro Motion display on the high-end iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models. This would allow new iPhones to have incredibly smooth scrolling, as well as smoother frame rates for games and videos.
A recent leak from EverythingApplePro suggests that Pro Motion displays can be adjusted between 60Hz and 120Hz on the fly, allowing your phone to conserve battery life when a higher frame rate is not needed. We hope this is the case as we discovered that the Galaxy S20’s 120Hz display consumes a large part of the battery life with the highest refresh rate activated.
Geskin later noted that he also discovered the “Limit Frame Rate” option on his iPad Pro, which already has a 120Hz screen. So this may be a feature of iPadOS 14 that somehow also made it to the iOS 14 beta. But given the existing rumors about a 120Hz iPhone, this update seems more likely than ever.
The iPhone 12 is expected to come in up to four different models, each with 5G support and OLED displays. The phone is likely to run on Apple’s latest A14 processors, with Pro models primed to get the same advanced LiDAR sensors as the iPad Pro series. We should know more about the iPhone 12 as its September launch approaches.