The iPhone 15 and 16 may lag behind cheap Android phones in this area

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  • A leaker and analyst have claimed that Apple’s base iPhones won’t get 120Hz displays until 2025.
  • That means you can expect the iPhone 17 to be the first base model with a 120Hz screen/

Apple has limited high refresh rate screens to iPhone Pro models since the feature was introduced in 2021. So that means those who buy vanilla iPhone models are stuck with a standard 60Hz screen rather than a smoother 120Hz screen.

Now, display industry insider and analyst Ross Young has claimed on Twitter that Apple won’t bring a high refresh rate screen to base iPhones until 2025. In other words, you’ll have to wait for the iPhone 17 if you want a cheaper iPhone with a 120Hz display.

Ross Young iPhone 120Hz roadmap

This seems like an unnecessarily long time to wait for a high refresh rate screen on a standard iPhone. We can understand if Apple took this approach because the vanilla iPhones had smaller batteries, but even the standard iPhone 13 and 14 have battery sizes similar to the iPhone 13 Pro and 14 Pro, respectively. So it stands to reason that Apple is doing this to sell consumers to the Pro models. The company is also likely to see higher profit margins on the standard models by sticking with a conventional 60Hz screen.

In contrast, Samsung, OnePlus, OPPO, vivo and Xiaomi have been offering 120Hz displays on their standard flagship phones for several years now. It’s also not uncommon to find sub-$500 Android phones with 90Hz or 120Hz OLED displays, such as the Motorola Moto G72, Redmi Note 12 lineAnd Samsung Galaxy A54.