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What is ProMotion? Apple’s 120Hz screen tech explained

If you’re looking forward to the announcement of the iPhone 14 series, you may have heard of Apple’s ProMotion technology. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.

Any Apple fans have likely come across ProMotion before, as Apple has been touting it as one of the headline features of its devices in recent years.

Here is everything you need to know about ProMotion so you can decide if the upgrade to the iPhone 14 Pro is worth it.

What is ProMotion?

ProMotion technology offers up 120Hz refresh rate instead of the standard 60Hz, meaning that it can work at twice the speed, refreshing the screen 120 times per second to give users smoother scrolling, improved responsiveness and better gaming performance.

The interesting thing about ProMotion is that it is also adaptive, meaning that the screen will adapt its refresh rate to suit how you’re using your phone. For example, if you’re watching a YouTube video and quickly switching between apps, the refresh rate will go as high as 120Hz to keep things running smoothly on screen.

However, if you’re staring at a wall of text and the screen is static, it will reduce the refresh rate in order to conserve battery.

The range of ProMotion is from 10Hz all the way to 120Hz, meaning that at its lowest refresh rate the screen will update 10 times per second, giving a lot of wiggle room for the display to adapt to what you’re doing on screen for the best performance.

The technology first came out back in 2017 and was housed in the iPad Pro, with Apple calling it the ‘world’s most advanced display at the time. Since then it has been integrated into more Apple products and is one of the most well-known features of the iPad and iPhone range.

It’s important to note that this technology was not created by Apple, and you can find other mobile devices and PCs that feature adaptive refresh rate since it helps to create a smoother experience and can be ideal for gamers.

What are the benefits of ProMotion?

The benefits of ProMotion are fairly obvious, as it provides the user with smoother motion on screen and means that you can jump between apps and scroll through articles without lagging or jelly screen becoming an issue.

This also means that gaming should be more fluid, as your screen will be able to respond to your inputs at a faster rate, giving you twice the frame output of a phone running at 60Hz and in theory, giving users an edge.

Plus, the battery life of your device should benefit as the screen can adapt to low-energy tasks, like scrolling one news article or looking at a static piece of text, allowing it to save on needless refreshes while saving the battery for more intensive activities.

We would also expect that using the Apple Pencil would be more fluid since the technology has a lower latency. This should make drawing and writing with the Pencil feel more natural and fluid than on a screen without ProMotion technology.

What devices feature ProMotion?

As of right now, the only iPhones that feature ProMotion are the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, with the vanilla iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Mini does not include the technology.

We would expect that the new iPhone 14 range will follow in these footsteps, as Apple seems to want to keep Promotion within the Pro family. That means that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will likely come with ProMotion, while the iPhone 14 will be left out, meaning you will need to splash out for the technology.

Apple has also included the software on the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBooks that feature M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets, although they are currently the only Macs that include the technology as of yet.

And finally, ProMotion can be found on a lot of the iPad Pro range, including the iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Pro 12.9-inch models from 2021.

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