I can no longer look at the iPhone as before. And not only him.
Noticing what I noticed, you can not really love the screen of any modern gadget.
And the blame for this one device Apple. The iPad Pro 2017 revealed one chip to me, after which even a frameless iPhone X is decayed. You, too, will reveal.
Now, when I grabbed your attention with moronic yellow phrases, I suggest not to run in the comments with the forks, but calmly read on.
The fact is that our smartphones slow down, and so does the iPhone. Blame the display, which is stuck in the past.
What I’m talking about and why it’s not easy to show
First answer the question. What is a “powerful gadget” ?
Rugged iron, high performance, game support and more. Typical gadgetan approach, everything.
Only in reality, we estimate this “power” differently: by the way the smartphone and the tablet react to interaction with it. That is, by his animations .
Opening and closing programs, smooth scrolling, instant response to clicks and swipes. By the power of a smartphone or tablet, we actually mean the smoothness of the animation . The higher it is, the more it seems that in front of you is a super-fast device.
That is why many people disliked the lagging first versions of Android, and some fell in love with the smooth animations of Windows Phone. Iron doesn’t matter when scrolling lags and animation slows down.
So here. For a very long time, “smoothness” in mobile devices had a limitation .
It could not be overcome with the help of a new firmware or interface redesign. Just iron hurt. And other manufacturers did not want to change anything.
Until Apple came with its iPad Pro 2017 – the only one among tablets and smartphones that supports a refresh rate of 120 Hz . To understand why this is important, we will need to dive into the materiel.
Stop, what’s the refresh rate?
There are two important parameters that you need to know to truly appreciate Apple’s innovation. They should not be confused. If you fumble well in the subject, congratulations, and for the rest I will explain.
The first parameter is the frame refresh rate. It is measured in Hertz (Hz or Hz).
Any LCD and OLED-display has a maximum frame refresh rate. This is the speed at which the screen matrix is able to completely redraw the image, that is, update it in one second.
The frame refresh rate cannot be infinite and always has an upper limit. It is different for different displays and is dictated by the purpose of the end device.
For example, in displays on smartphones and tablets, the frame refresh rate is 60 Hz . So happened a long time ago, since the time of the first communicators. Screen manufacturers were guided by this frequency and for many years have built production around it.
But a high frame refresh rate does not guarantee that any animation on the screen will be smooth. This is precisely the border, above which the second important parameter cannot visually rise.
The second parameter is the frame frequency , it is measured in frames per second (FPS). Gamers are familiar with it.
The frame frequency is equal to the number of frames per second that the hardware produces: a processor, video card, RAM, and other components of a gadget or computer.
Theoretically, the frame rate can be any – the maximum figure rests only on the computational capabilities of the device.
But the device itself does not produce frames per second just like that. It always solves a certain task according to the parameters set by the software developer, whether it is drawing the interface of the operating system, playing a movie or rendering a picture in the game.
Frames produced should be displayed on the screen. He sets the main barrier.
Why is the “smoothness” of animations limited to 60 Hz?
Visible frame rate (FPS) will not be higher than the maximum for the screen frame refresh rate (Hz).
The device can produce at least 9999 frames per second (FPS), but the display will still be updated as many times as prescribed for its characteristics. In the case of smartphones and tablets – about 60 times (60 Hz).
Since the displays in smartphones have a frame refresh rate of 60 Hz, the developers also limit the animation of the operating system to 60 frames per second. When we see a 60 FPS animation on a 60 Hz display, it seems smooth to us.
Do you understand what I am doing?
For a very long time, 60 FPS were considered the ideal of “smoothness” in smartphones and tablets . Because their displays still do not display more. Indeed, 60 FPS at 60 Hz is an excellent result, which is perceived by our brain as “smooth”.
But this is not the limit, and its time to move .
What changed? Why it’s time to improve displays on smartphones
In the past 10 years, the technology of production of LCD and OLED-displays stepped far forward. But in the race for screen resolution and color reproduction, manufacturers of smartphones and tablets had unfairly forgotten the refresh rate.
In the meantime, screens appeared capable of updating the image 120 times per second or more. They began to be used in televisions, artificially adding the missing video frames. And in the monitors for gamers. Powerful configurations of computers easily draw 120+ necessary frames in a modern game.
However, smartphones and tablets bypass these innovations side. There are three reasons:
1. Screens with 120 Hz support are several times more expensive and much more difficult to manufacture. This creates great risks for Android manufacturers.
2. There is no media content with a frame rate of 120 FPS, and Android animations are at best limited to 60 FPS.
A 120 Hz screen will then be useless.
3. Support of 120 Hz is impossible to demonstrate in advertising and in general to sell when everyone has 60 HZ screens. She can only be seen in person.
These reasons are logical. Especially the third. None of the Android manufacturers want to be first and spend money on such a chip.
Apple is the first.
What is so special about iPad Pro 2017?
In the summer of 2017, Apple updated the iPad Pro tablet line by adding a completely new (for mobile devices) display type. Both models, iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.5, received a screen with a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz .
The guys from Cupertino generously sprinkled this event with marketing and gave it a specific name: ProMotion . A large part of the presentation was devoted to the praise of ourselves, but for the first time in a long time, these were absolutely well-deserved “show-offs.”
Apple is not just the first company that introduced the 120 HZ display into a massive mobile gadget. She redrawn the entire iOS animation under 120 FPS .
All this in itself deserves respect. We used to deserve to scold the company for the fact that it goes by trodden roads behind competitors, picking up and modifying their ideas. But in the case of ProMotion there was nothing to pick up.
No one in the portable electronics market has yet dared to show the masses what the 120 Hz display is and the animation adapted to it. Respect deserved .
Is the iPad Pro 2017 display so cool? Come on proofs
I will not be able to show these proofs for real, and this is a sad fact. But the problem is not in me, but in your and my gadgets.
We have 60 Hz displays, remember? A billion or more smartphones and tablets scattered around the world simply will not transmit the effect of 120 Hz , as well as monitors of 99% of computers.
Perhaps that is why ProMotion is not discussed as Face ID. It can not be fully demonstrated in the video YouTube. You can not properly advertise. To understand why I am so excited, you have to go to the store and look at the iPad Pro yourself. Alas.
And we lose a lot, without knowing it.
After 10 minutes with the iPad Pro 2017, I take out the iPhone X and notice a strange thing: it slows down. And vice versa, having taken the “bug” in my hands, I fall into a trance and start flipping through the pages, opening applications, testing all animations – and in my heart I think “WOW” .
120 frames per second and 120 Hz work wonders . iOS is perceived twice as pleasant, animations seem incredible, impossible to smooth. For decades, we have rated this “smoothness” as half the standard, and the iPad Pro has finally destroyed it.
There are still not enough words to convey the coolness of ProMotion to the iPad. I propose to watch a couple of good videos.
Watch these 120 Hz videos on iPad Pro 2017
They will not show the 120-frame dynamics of iOS animations, because YouTube does not support 120 FPS video. But they will demonstrate the practical benefits of a display with such a frame refresh rate.
Watch these videos at 60 frames per second, you may need the YouTube app.
As a result, the matter is not only in “smoothness” as such. The screen with a frame refresh rate of 120 Hz is tritely less annoying the eyes , responds faster to touch and allows you to transmit motion more realistically than the traditional 60 Hz display.
As the commentator in one of these videos noted well, we, as consumers, have long deserved such screens in our gadgets. They are definitely more useful than the regular Emoji package or a black notch above the display of the flagship smartphone.
So far, it seems, only Apple is able to create such small engineering wonders. However, the problem of mass recognition of this technology remains .
People still do not know what it is. The tablet market is several times smaller than the smartphone market. As part of it, the iPad Pro is generally a niche device for serious fans of tablet computers. Therefore, the “proshka” itself will not bring to the masses the coolness of 120 Hz displays.
This is why I really hope Apple will implement the 120 Hz display in the new iPhone . When they appear on the most popular smartphone in the world, a chain reaction will occur.
The smooth operation of iOS at a speed of 120 frames per second on such an iPhone will put Android flagships at a disadvantage. Even far from the consumer technology just put the iPhone near another Chinese “superubiytsey” – and understand that the latter compared corny brakes .
As soon as the iPhone gets a 120 Hz display, we will finally crawl out of the frame of 60 frames per second. No one wants to go back. So the move is for Apple. I hope she will make it already this year, in the autumn of 2018.
In the meantime, go to the store and check out the iPad Pro yourself . I think you also want such a display in your iPhone. Best the enemy of the good. So do not be surprised when you return from the store, open the laptop, go to this post and agree with me.