Unlocking 120Hz Display: iPhone 15 Pro’s Smooth Gaming Experience

Apple often waits for a technology to mature before incorporating it into their products. This can often lead to users missing out on features like 120Hz displays.

ProMotion is an adaptive display that changes its refresh rate depending on what’s on the screen. It can give you a smoother experience and improve your gaming performance.


When you’re scrolling TikTok or using a popular app, or playing a game, the iPhone 15 Pro’s screen will refresh twice as fast as your standard 60Hz display. This gives it a much smoother appearance and improves responsiveness and performance.

It’s a technology that’s already available on many other smartphones. But Apple is a company that tends to wait for new technologies to mature before it starts integrating them into its products.

iPhone 15

That might explain why it took a while for the iPhone to adopt 120Hz. But with Android phones already offering the feature, it’s about time Apple did too. According to a recent report from Chinese social media account yuex1122, citing a domestic display industry source, the iPhone 15 Pro will come with an LTPO display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate. Apple will reportedly confirm details soon and prepare for mass production. Only the Pro series supports this content, though, and the basic general plus model won’t have it in its requirements.

Gaming on iPhone 15 Pro

The iPhone 15 series is designed to be a gaming powerhouse. Apple has worked with game developers to make sure the graphics are crisp and the frame rate stays stable. Apple says they are able to keep the iPhone from overheating during intense gaming by using smart display technology and GPU scaling.

Aside from being a great gaming device, the iPhone 15 Pro also works well with other apps and content. Apple’s ProMotion technology refreshes the screen 120 times per second for smooth scrolling and flicking, faster responsiveness, and better motion clarity.

Unfortunately, just like last year, Apple is keeping the 120Hz ProMotion display exclusive to its Pro series of iPhones. The iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max (or maybe iPhone Ultra) both have a Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion, along with P3 wide color support, haptic touch, and HDR. Hopefully, Apple will eventually add this to its non-Pro iPhones too.

Apple Pencil on 120Hz display

Using the iPhone Pro’s screen with Apple Pencil is also made more responsive, as it reduces the time it takes for the stylus to render a line on the display. This helps make drawing feel lag-free, as well as making scrolling and interacting with apps smoother.

ProMotion is a new [display] technology that delivers refresh rates of up to 120Hz for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness and smoother motion content. It works by dynamically adjusting the refresh rate on the fly depending on what you’re viewing. For still images or near-static content, it can drop down to as low as 24Hz.

This is a feature that was first seen in the iPad Pro, and it’s an amazing piece of technology. However, it’s a shame that Apple has decided to reserve this tech for the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro and not include it on their regular iPhone range. Hopefully this changes in the future. If it does, this will be the best phone on the market for those who want a buttery-smooth experience.

Pro Display XDR integration

Designed to be durable and tough, the iPhone 15 Pro features a colour-infused glass and aluminium design that’s both splash and water resistant. It also has a powerful pro-grade camera system that’s capable of high-resolution photography and HDR video recording.

The iPhone 15 Pro’s 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display ramps up to 120Hz when needed, giving it the ability to render console-quality graphics without losing sharpness or fluidity. It also offers true-to-life colours and brightness.

Apple’s A17 chip is a compact powerhouse that features a six-core CPU and GPU with MetalFX upscaling technology for higher quality graphics. It supports hardware-accelerated ray tracing, giving the iPhone 15 Pro the ability to render realistic lighting and shadows in games and videos.

Choosing between an iPhone 15 Pro and the standard model will likely come down to your needs and budget. The Pro models boast a better camera, a faster processor and more storage options, but the price tag is also considerably higher.