iPhone 12 doesn't have a 120Hz display after all: One potential reason why
Rumor had it that iPhone 12 Pro screens would double the refresh rate of the iPhone 11, but that isn't actually the case.
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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.
have a 60Hz refresh rate. But some higher-end models, including the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, 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
models. This technology dynamically adjusts the display to how content moves for more responsive, fluid scrolling. However, this rumor also proved to be untrue.