Conflicting rumours over screen improvements for iPhone 14 basic models

Close up on an iPhone 13 and its box
There are also reports Apple's AR/VR headset is suffering overheating issues. Photo credit: Getty Images

There are conflicting rumours over whether the long-awaited 120Hz screen refresh rate, which Apple brought to its iPhone 13 Pro range in 2021, will make its way to the new non-Pro iPhones set to be released this year.

The variable refresh rate functionality, called ProMotion by Apple, has been a standard on many premium Android phones for several years and one supply chain analyst suggests the standard iPhone 14s will finally now match that.

Jeff Pu of Haitong International Securities said ProMotion - which is also on the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models - will deliver scrolling and battery life improvements to the basic iPhone and iPhone Mini when they are launched later in 2022.

However, that has been contradicted by respected analyst Ross Young, who has provided accurate Apple rumours in the past.

Young said in a tweet reply to a question about ProMotion that the manufacture of the LTPO OLED displays for the non-Pro iPhones do not have the capacity to make them and therefore it would be considered a "risk".

"BOE doesn't have enough LTPO capacity and has yet to ship any LTPO panels," Young wrote. "Maybe in 2023."

Samsung currently supplies the LTPO OLED displays for the iPhone 13 Pro models.

Meanwhile, hopes that 2022 will be the year Apple launches its much anticipated AR/VR headset may be scuppered by overheating issues.

Bloomberg has reported Apple has faced multiple issues with both hardware and software that could push the headset's launch to 2023.

Bloomberg backed up previous rumours the device was targeted for unveiling at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, with a release later in 2022.

"But development challenges related to overheating, cameras and software have made it harder to stay on track," the website reported.

"That could push the announcement until the end of 2022 or later, with the product hitting shelves by 2023." 

The overheating is apparently being caused by the powerful M1 Pro processors expected to power the headset, which dissipate heat that needs to be kept away from the wearer.

Bloomberg also said WWDC 2023 would focus on building virtual and augmented reality apps for the headset, which will have access to the App Store, quoting unnamed sources.

It will also include built-in support for iOS 16, which has the codename Sydney, the website reported.