Dear Apple, You Better Include a 120Hz Display in the iPhone 12
With so many 'pro' products in Apple's lineup, it's a shame that the iPad Pro is the only one with a ProMotion 120Hz panel.
Samsung Embraces the 120Hz Life with Galaxy S20, Apple Has No Excuse to Skip it This Year on the iPhone, Not Even the MacBook Pro
Samsung kicked off its Unpacked 2020 event rather abruptly with the announcement of the Galaxy Z Flip. Then of course, it followed it up with the announcement of the Galaxy S20. As someone who uses an iPhone, the Galaxy S20 piqued my interest way too much and made me squeal in anger how Apple is simply screwing its fan-base over with fancy big terms and delivering not that much in the display department. Basically, Samsung's announcement was the tipping point of mixed emotions on my end.
See, the iPad Pro started a wave of 120Hz ProMotion panels in Apple's tablet lineup in June of 2017, and so far the tech has been exclusive to the iPad Pro only. We've had several MacBook Pros since the release of the iPad Pro and none of them got ProMotion, not even close, despite the 'pro' name. But wait, Apple stepped things up a notch with the iPhone 11 this year by adding a 'Pro' moniker, tossing in crazy high levels of brightness for extreme dynamic range, and that display too is 60Hz.
Samsung, on the other hand, gave the 'pro' name a complete skip, essentially giving a nod to Apple that it means nothing, and added a 120Hz to its entire Galaxy S20 lineup. But it gets better, these displays are HDR10+ too, meaning they are operating in the same ballpark as the Retina display XDR on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. I even swallowed news a couple of years back that high refresh rates on an AMOLED panel is just not possible. Yet, here we are. Samsung told everyone that it totally is. Heck, even OnePlus showed off a 120Hz panel and compared it to a 60Hz one.
It's shameful how Apple completely failed to bring ProMotion to other devices after all these years despite regularly using the term like 'our pro customers blah blah blah.' 90Hz and 120Hz are slowly taking over, and yet here we are spending $999 on a phone that has a display that looks like it was shot in 24 frames per second.
Surprise us this year, Apple. Maybe show an ounce of humility and give us ProMotion in the iPhone 12 at least and end the trend which you have kept exclusively to the iPad Pro.
Stay in the loop
GET A DAILY DIGEST OF LATEST TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Straight to your inbox
Subscribe to our newsletter