Does the iPhone 13 have a 120Hz screen? Know this before you buy

The iPhone 13 series has a lot to offer – but is one of these things 120Hz support? Here’s how Apple uses fast refresh rate monitors.

Apple stuffed a lot of features into iPhone 13, but is a 120Hz screen among the included? It’s an exciting time every time a new iPhone comes out. Apple is holding a flashy press event announcing their latest handset, all the tech news sites are covering it like crazy, pre-orders are opening up and then the new phones are finally up for sale that anyone can buy. No matter if an iPhone has significant upgrades or subtle year-on-year changes, the hype surrounding an iPhone launch is always inevitable to some degree.

For 2021, the latest round of iPhones took the form of the iPhone 13 series. The handsets feature Apple’s A15 processor, longer battery life and improved cameras. They are not dramatic upgrades compared to the iPhone 12 series, but they succeed further enhance the iPhone experience without raising prices. For anyone upgrading from an iPhone 11, XS or older, any entry in the iPhone 13 family is an easy recommendation.


Related: How long does the iPhone 13 & 13 Pro battery last?

That said, there is one important factor to consider before buying. 120Hz displays have become furious over the last few years. They allow for smoother scrolling, more responsive gaming and are now a staple on most flagship Android devices. Unfortunately, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini do does not has a 120Hz refresh rate of any kind. Instead, they are stuck in the traditional 60Hz speed that we have had for years.

Only the iPhone 13 Pro models have 120Hz

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If it comes as a disappointment, it may be worth upgrading for iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max. The two Pro variants come with 120Hz screens – making them the first iPhones ever to do so. When someone scrolls or interacts with an iPhone 13 Pro, the screen ramps up to 120Hz to make it feel noticeably faster. The processor in the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro is exactly the same, but having a screen that is twice as responsive is a big thing. What’s even cooler is the LTPO display technology behind the two Pro models. When someone is not interacting with the iPhone and looking at a photo / reading an article, the refresh rate goes all the way down to 10 Hz to save battery power. If the monitor was constantly running at the full 120Hz, the battery life would take a huge toll hit. But since it can scale down as needed, you get that extra smoothness and great endurance. It’s a win-win.

Moreover, that 120Hz functionality has improved since the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max were launched in late 2021. Ever since the release of the phones, only certain applications have taken advantage of the 120Hz smoothness. Some apps run fine at 120Hz, others still show 60Hz animations and it has been a constant pain. Fortunately, this is something Apple has improved. From January 2022, the iOS 15.4 developer beta allows all iPhone apps to run at as much as 120Hz – resulting in smoother scrolling and animations, no matter which app you use. iOS 15.4 is only available to developers at the time of release, but when it’s released to the public later this year, it means smoother apps for all 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max owners.

Is it worth upgrading to an iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max only for the 120Hz capacity? It ultimately depends on each person. Some people are very sensitive to fast refresh rate screens, whereas others cannot see the difference between 60 and 120Hz. If you can, try using a regular iPhone 13 and a 13 Pro at the nearest Apple store, Best Buy, etc. Test them side by side, find out if the change in volatility is worth spending more money on, and go from there. The Pro models also have other upgrades – like a telephoto camera and even longer battery life – but 120Hz support is certainly the biggest advantage.

Next: Why the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s screen is the very best

Source: Apple

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