Rumor: Apple To Use Apple Watch’s Low-Power LPTO Display Tech In Future iPhones
Apple intends to use a low-power backplane technology, known as LTPO, in future iPhones according to a new report from The Elec.
The technology is used to turn individual pixels on and off throughout a display, allowing the saving of battery power.
Apple, meanwhile, is moving to more widely apply LTPO panels to its iPhones. This means it needs to find ways to work together with Samsung Display, which is holding its own in terms of both technological prowess and production capacity in the small and mid-sized OLED sector.
LTPO, or low-temperature polycrystalline oxide, uses around 15% less power than the technology that is currently being used. The theory is that by using this technology in an iPhone we can expect to have longer lasting batteries and, as a result, longer lasting iPhones.
This is a technology similar to that used in the Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 5 wearables which are able to offer around 18 hours of battery life from a single charge. The latter is also able to power an always-in display at the same time, too.
The low temperature poly-silicon and oxide display features a reinvented pixel architecture that lets the screen refresh rate dip from 60Hz to a power-sipping 1Hz when the watch is inactive. A new low-power driver, ultra-efficient power management, and a new ambient light sensor work together so the display can stay always on with up to 18 hours of battery life.
The current crop of iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max all have impressive battery life. If Apple can improve on that yet further, we’re all for it.