Most people compare the size of the display screen, features, specifications, camera quality, etc of different devices while purchasing a smartphone. Those who are technically sound, also try to gather some information on different technical aspects of the phone like the refresh rate it offers. The refresh rate of a phone is one of its important aspects. Refresh rate, simply put, measures the speed at which the display of your phone gets updated.
How smoothly visual content is generated on your phone depends on how quickly each and every pixel gets updated and displayed on the phone’s screen via the processor of the device. The refresh rate is measured in Hertz (Hz). So, a 90Hz display gets refreshed 90 times per second and so on. A phone’s refresh rate plays an important role in determining its pricing.
Smartphone manufacturers across the globe are trying to ensure that the devices produced by them offer a higher refresh rate. While Apple had never made the fact about upgrading the refresh rate of its devices obvious, recent developments indicate that the company is planning something in this direction. Apple recently applied for a patent regarding the display screen of the iPhone which would feature a variable refresh rate.
U.S Patent and Trademark Office has published the patent that showcases an iPhone display screen. The high refresh mode of the device, as seen in the patent, has been activated and it might have the capacity to update the content at four times the standard refresh rate.
What is unique about this display is that its refresh rate can be upgraded automatically from 60Hz to any higher number (120Hz, 180Hz, or 240Hz). All the iPhone models that are in the market today feature a refresh rate of 60Hz. However, the iPad Pro, which features the ProMotion technology, offers a variable rate as high as 120Hz.
A while back, there were rumors about the iPhone 12 offering a 120Hz refresh rate but that piece of information turned out to be false. There are chances, however, of the iPhone 13 featuring a ProMotion display.
A major reason why the tech giant refrained from featuring a higher refresh rate on its devices like the iPhone could be because of the fact that phones having a very high refresh rate consume a lot of battery. Therefore, despite most of its competitors manufacturing phones with high refresh rates, Apple did not think of doing the same.
However, Apple seems to have finally found a solution that would enable it to have a high refresh rate in its phones without compromising on the battery performance of the devices. The company is reportedly thinking about implementing LTPO display technology in the iPhone 13 models.