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Future iPhones Expected to Adopt Apple Watch's Low-Power LTPO Display Technology

Apple plans to use a low-power backplane technology called LTPO for future iPhones, according to Korean website The Elec. The backplane is responsible for turning individual pixels on and off on the display. From the report: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, has an Oxide TFT structure that uses up to 15 percent less power than LTPS, or low-temperature polysilicon, the backplane technology that Apple currently uses. Naturally, that could contribute to longer battery life on future iPhones. Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 models already feature LTPO displays. Apple's website says the technology enables Series 5 models to have the same up-to-18-hour battery life as Series 4 models despite having an always-on display: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.Apple's transition to OLED started small with the original ‌Apple Watch‌ in 2015, followed by the iPhone X in 2017, so it would not be surprising if LTPO expands from the Watch to the iPhone as early as next

LG Rumored to Supply 3D Sensing Camera Sensors for iPad Pro Refresh in March 2020

Korean website The Elec continues to believe that the iPad Pro lineup will be refreshed in March 2020 with 3D sensing rear cameras, noting in a report today that LG will supply time-of-flight sensors for the devices. MacRumors concept of ‌iPad Pro‌ with triple-lens rear camera system However, there is still debate as to whether the ‌iPad Pro‌ will be refreshed this October, next March, or in both months. Early this year, Bloomberg's oft-reliable Mark Gurman claimed a laser-powered 3D camera could debut on an ‌iPad Pro‌ as early as spring 2020, but he more recently reported that Apple plans to refresh the ‌iPad Pro‌ lineup by the end of 2019, so Apple's roadmap for its high-end tablet is not entirely clear. Japanese blog Mac Otakara and Sonny Dickson also expect the ‌iPad Pro‌ to receive a triple-lens rear camera system in October. Meanwhile, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said there is an over 50 percent probability that the ‌iPad Pro‌ adopts time-of-flight technology in the fourth quarter of 2019 or first quarter of 2020, adding to the uncertainty. On a purely speculative basis, we can think of three possible scenarios: the March refresh with 3D sensing ends up being an October affair instead, or the ‌iPad Pro‌ receives a minor refresh in October and a bigger update with 3D sensing in March, or the ‌iPad Pro‌ is simply not refreshed until March. Apple would be breaking precedent by refreshing the ‌iPad Pro‌ in October, as the tablet has gone roughly 18 months between hardware updates since first launching in November 2015 — the

2020 iPad Pro Said to Feature 3D Sensing Rear Cameras [Updated]

Update - Sep 2: The Elec has again reported that Apple plans to release an iPad Pro with 3D sensing camera technology early next year:US-based Apple also plans to adopt the ToF module for the first time in its tablet, the ‌iPad Pro‌, early next year. The ToF function will be available for the iPhones beginning in the latter half of next year.Update - Aug 27: In an email to MacRumors, a representative for Derkwoo Electronics claimed that The Elec's report contained "wrong information" and "something that is not true about us." The Elec has since deleted its article. Original story follows. Apple plans to release a new ‌iPad Pro‌ with 3D sensing rear cameras in March 2020, according to Korean website The Elec. The report, citing unnamed industry sources, claims that Korean contract manufacturer Derkwoo Electronics will provide some of the components for the 3D sensing camera modules, including stiffeners and brackets. Mass production of those parts will supposedly begin towards the end of 2019. The rear 3D sensing is said to be powered by time-of-flight technology, which measures the time that it takes for a laser or LED to bounce off of objects in a room, providing an accurate 3D map of the surroundings. While the iPhone is expected to adopt a similar time-of-flight system next year, the report suggests that the ‌iPad Pro‌ will adopt the technology six months before the iPhone. Specifically, the new ‌iPad Pro‌ models would be released in March 2020, while new iPhones would likely follow in September. This lines up with a January 2019 report from Bloombe

The Next iPhone XR Will Supposedly Have a Nearly 6% Larger Battery

While the iPhone XR already has the longest battery life of any iPhone ever, a new supplier-focused report from Korean website The Elec claims that the 2019 version of the device will feature an even larger battery capacity. MacRumors mockup of 2019 ‌iPhone XR‌ in new green and lavender colors The report claims the next ‌iPhone XR‌ will have a 3,110 mAh battery, around 5.7 percent larger than the 2,942 mAh battery in the current model:China's ATL (Ameperx Technology Limited) has kicked off mass production of batteries for the successor to Apple's ‌iPhone XR‌ forecast to be unveiled later this year, according to those close to the matter on June 9. Battery packaging will be done by another Chinese firm, Huapu Technology. The new batteries will have a capacity of 3110mAh, which is more than a 5% improvement from the 2942mAh of the ‌iPhone XR‌.That means the next ‌iPhone XR‌'s battery would still have slightly less capacity than the 3,174 mAh battery in the current iPhone XS Max, but the latter device consumes more power overall. Moreover, the next-generation ‌iPhone XS‌ Max is expected to gain a larger battery too. Back in April, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that battery capacities for the next iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR could increase by 20 to 25 percent, 10 to 15 percent, and up to five percent respectively to accomodate the rumored two-way wireless charging feature on all three devices. Apple is widely expected to unveil its trio of 2019 iPhones in September as usual. The next ‌iPhone XR‌ is expected to be upgraded to a dual-lens rear

Samsung Rumored to Supply OLED Displays for 16-Inch MacBook Pro and Future iPad Pros

Samsung is in talks with Apple about supplying OLED displays for a 16-inch MacBook Pro and future iPad Pro models, according to Korean site The Elec, which does not have a proven track record in terms of Apple rumors. We first heard about a potential 16-inch to 16.5-inch MacBook Pro from well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the notebook will launch at some point in 2019 with an "all-new design," but he did not comment on which display technology the notebook will use or share any other details. Kuo later said Apple is planning to release a new 15-inch to 17-inch MacBook Pro with a mini-LED backlight in the first half of 2021. It is unclear if this will be a future iteration of the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ or exactly how Apple's plans will play out. Kuo has also previously claimed that two new ‌iPad Pro‌ models will enter mass production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, but again, he has not commented on what display technology the tablets would use. He also expects a new iPad with a mini-LED backlight in late 2020 to early 2021. Little else is known about the rumored 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ or new ‌iPad Pro‌ models at this time. Apple surprised us earlier this week with new 2019 MacBook Pro models, but the only changes are faster processors and a "new material" added to the keyboard for improved reliability — hopefully, at least. Given this week's ‌MacBook Pro‌ refresh, it is reasonable to assume that Apple will not release the rumored 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ until at least the fall. Or, if the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ has