A much-requested feature could make its debut in the iPhone 13. The refresh rate for the phone’s display reportedly will make the jump from 60 Hz to 120 Hz, leading to a smoother appearance.
There will be four versions of the 2021 iOS model, according to ET News, but only the two most expensive models will include a 120 Hz screen.
Apple introduced the first iPad Pro capable of this faster rate back in 2017, and successive top-tier tablets also benefit from the feature. Apple calls it ProMotion, and it allows the device to offer a range of refresh rates, from 24 Hz to 120 Hz. ET News did not say if the iPhone 13 will offer ProMotion or if the screen will simply increase to 120 Hz.
Benefits of an iPhone 13 with 120 Hz
Faster refresh rates make the user interface of a phone or tablet just a bit smoother and more responsive. Gamers see an even larger benefit, as many action games are coded to be played at 120 Hz. Videos recorded at 24 or 30 frames per second see a benefit from ProMotion as well.
Last year, early rumors indicated that iPhone 12 would offer the faster refresh rate. Supposedly, Apple decided to not include it because it puts additional strain on the battery.
But it’s something many Apple fans are asking for, especially as rival Samsung handsets include 120 Hz screens.