How big of a deal is a ProMotion/120Hz display for an iPhone 8,8+,X successor to you (next year)?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Starfyre, Sep 27, 2017.


How big of a deal is a ProMotion display for an iPhone to you?

  1. I want it above all else.

    19 vote(s)
  2. I could care less, give me something else.

    7 vote(s)
  1. Starfyre, Sep 27, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2017

    Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    So I was at the Apple store yesterday getting a hands on with the iPhone 8. I really want to try the augmented reality, and whenever I launched an app the Apple store staff said, it crashed! I restarted the phone, and the same thing happened. Launch an AR demo app, and it crashed on the iPhone 8.

    I asked the Apple staffer what was wrong, and he said "there were a lot of apps installed on the phone, so it may be causing the crashes" and instead pointed me to the iPads. He said the iPads should work fine, they are bigger with ProMotion displays, which have 120Hz refresh rate making things like Apple Pencil feel really fluid and screen interactions are said to be liquid smooth??? (I didn't pay attention to the screen interactions, just played with the dragon AR app where a cute dragon stands on a table)... sounds like a great way for him to sell me an iPad by telling me how the AR just doesn't work on the iPhone 8's and run better on the iPad.

    Reviews seem to be all over the ProMotion display that gives the iPad that 120Hz refresh... what do you think about the possibility of a ProMotion for the next iPhone after the 8,8+,X next year? Is 120Hz really that big of a deal for iPhone even though the iPhone does not support the Apple Pencil and has a much smaller form factor than an iPad? What is the big deal about ProMotion?
  2. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    It’s not a big deal at all and doesn’t factor into my buying decision.
  3. Azzurro macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2015
  4. rafark macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2017
  5. Starfyre thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    Is there a difference between getting 120Hz for a display as large as an iPad vs a iPhone? Does it make any difference at all for movies? or youtube? I'm reading reviews of the "new" iPad, and a lot of critics seems to be all over it.
  6. radioking macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2012
    The people who say they don’t care obviously don’t own an iPad Pro. For an iPhone to run as smooth as the iPad Pro, you have to turn on “reduce motion.” The animations look like absolute crap on my 7+. I will not buy a new iPhone until ProMotion is included.
  7. Treyhunna macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2017
    Pointless on a non tablet device. MacBooks or iMacs will prolly get it before iPhones
  8. Starfyre thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    Why is that pointless on a non-tablet device? Is motion more perceivable on a bigger display than small iPhone displays? Or is it because no one will "write" on it with an Apple Pencil that requires that quick of a refresh?
  9. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    The new iPad Pros scroll very smoothly with ProMotion. It’s noticeable and quite nice. I’d like it on my iPhone. But I’m not going to fret about not having it this year. And when they do introduce it next year or whenever, the majority of people won’t think it’s that important.
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    They will think it's that not important until they actually experience it. I would say the strongest feature for the iPad Pro or most talked about feature that they added this last year, was the 120 HZ refesh rate. Everybody's eyes perceive things differently, but it certainly notable between two iPads side-by-side.
  11. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    Easy now. It's a decent question.
  12. predation macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2013
    Promotion should be implemented into the phones. It gives it that little extra sense of refinement. Which = moar dolla billz yo.
  13. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
  14. Darkashnet macrumors regular


    Jul 15, 2010
    I honestly don’t notice all that much diffeeent between the 8+ and the promotion on the 10.5 pro. It’s only real benefit is less latency with the pencil and a tad smoother scrolling (everyone can see it different). For the phone it will be like true tone- a nice touch, but not worth upgrading solely over.
  15. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    will be well received by me, but not a reason to upgrade.
  16. ACST Suspended

    Sep 5, 2016
    It's very nice on the iPad pro, so would be a killer feature.
  17. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    Does anyone have a mathematical way to find out if the ProMotion will be a big deal for the next iPhone?
  18. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2009
    Atlanta GA
  19. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    ProMotion is a substantially bigger deal than TrueTone in terms of improving the experience. That said, it's kind of a luxury instead of a must have.
  20. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    Baby steps. We will be lucky if Apple allows us to have this next year, most likely 2019.
  21. Starfyre thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    The way your putting it makes it sound like 120Hz is more beneficial for bigger screens on the iPad because of the fact the screen is bigger. So screens that are big, like iPad, and definitely TVs, benefit from having 120Hz or greater if bigger displays.

    For phones, because iPhones are small, 120Hz is not noticeable enough if any to be worth including in a phone. Is that right? If the above is correct, I wonder if there is some ratio between screen size and refresh rate to know what is optimal depending on display size.

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