Feature: iPP variable refresh rate toggle

Discussion in 'iPad' started by keviig, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. keviig macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2012
    I think it would nice to be able to toggle the variable refresh rate of the iPad Pro displays on and off. It could also automatically be off when connected to power (running constant 60hz).

    The reason i want to be able to turn it off is the animation lag it introduces. If you want to feel the difference yourself, do the following:

    - Open and close apps for a reference point
    - Open a video, then bring it down to picture in picture mode (thus forcing the panel to run at 60hz)
    - Open and close apps again
    - You can "enable" and "disable" the variable refresh by pausing and playing the PiP video

    Without the PiP video i can see stutters in the animation (due to the panel having to change from 30hz to 60hz), but with the video running it's 100% smooth.

    I know the feature is there to increase battery life, but:

    a) while connected to power it doesn't matter
    b) the iPP has so good battery life anyway that i rarely end up below 50% either way
  2. Rocket Man macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2014
    I too notice the 'lag' the variable refresh rate introduces with its agressive throttle but like mentioned before I too have my iPP nearly always connected
  3. keviig thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2012
    Good to hear i'm not the only one seeing it! It would be nice to be able to choose between performance and battery life, even if it was buried somewhere in the settings. But then again allowing us to turn it off would mean Apple acknowleded the fact that the new variable refresh tech brings lag, which i doubt will happen.

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