Apple’s 120Hz ProMotion iPad Pro display hints at even better AR and VR support in future devices

Apple’s 120Hz ProMotion iPad Pro display hints at even better AR and VR support in future devices


Apple has a long history of introducing groundbreaking technology in one device, only to gradually carry it over to the rest of its product lineup in the ensuing years. With that in mind, the newly released iPad Pro with 120Hz ProMotion display could hint at the future of Apple’s portable devices —particularly as the company pushes into augmented reality and virtual reality.

The improvement found in the 120Hz ProMotion display in the new iPad Pro is immediately apparent when used, offering more fluid response time when doing basic tasks like scrolling and zooming. The advantages grow even further when the Apple Pencil is brought into the mix, allowing for an industry-best response time that makes the new iPad Pro feel even more like drawing on a real canvas.

But higher framerates can also allow for more lifelike content on screen —a particularly useful capability for developers tapping into Apple’s new ARKit tools coming in iOS 11. It’s likely that the 120Hz ProMotion display will make the new iPad Pro lineup the best way to experience augmented reality apps for iOS 11 this fall.

The question becomes, if and when will the 120Hz ProMotion display make its way to Apple’s other products, namely the iPhone? That’s tough to say, but it’s likely an inevitability at some point in the future.

Refresh rates are key to a fluid AR and VR experience

While Apple’s ARKit developer tools don’t have users strapping a device to their head (yet), high-framerate hardware with fluid response times is crucial for a quality experience in virtual or augmented reality.

Current popular VR headsets on the market like the HTC Vive —which will be…



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