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Theis finally available, and we now know everything about the new phone’s , and . Before it was unveiled at an earlier in October, we saw speculation around whether the iPhone 12 (and the ) would have a — double that of the iPhone 11. But as it turns out, that’s not the case: The iPhone 12 variants all have a 60Hz screen refresh rate, matching the iPhone 11 display.
The number of hertz a phone screen is able to display refers to its number of frames per second, which determines how fast and smooth the screen feels when you’re scrolling through apps and web pages. It also affects how smooth supported games feel.
Most phones have a 60Hz refresh rate. But some higher-end models, including the and the , have a rate of 120Hz, so it’s surprising that Apple hasn’t added it to its repertoire. On Twitter, tech analyst and leaker Jon Prosser claimed the decision not to implement 120Hz in the iPhone 12 pro was made due to battery life issues, since 5G drains so much battery on its own.
The iPhone 12 Pro models were also rumored to have Apple’s proprietary ProMotion display, which you can find in iPad Pro models. This technology dynamically adjusts the display to how content moves for more responsive, fluid scrolling. However, this rumor also proved to be untrue.
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