You’re all wrong — 60Hz on the iPhone is fine

The display on the green iPhone 15.
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It seems like the iPhone 15 launch was just yesterday, but rumors about the iPhone 16 are already flying. There’s been bad news for some enthusiasts lately, as it seems Apple is happy to stick with one of the more controversial elements of the iPhone 15: the 60Hz refresh rate.

Although some have dismissed this as techno-bubble tightness that no one in the real public cares about, there’s definitely some fire with all this smoke. The 60Hz refresh rate, while not criminal, is starting to look increasingly ridiculous on Apple’s $799-plus smartphone. After all, almost every single Android smartphone priced over $500 now has a 90Hz or even 120Hz display — so why are two of Apple’s best smartphones getting bogged down with objectively bad screen technology?

The thing is, I’ve been using the iPhone 15 for the past few weeks, and I haven’t really noticed any issues with the 60Hz display. As much as it pains me to say it, you’re all wrong – 60Hz is perfectly fine on the iPhone.

High refresh rates are great

galaxy note 20 back
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I love high refresh rates. I’ve talked about my gripe with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, and a big part of it was the 60Hz refresh rate. Not because I knew anything different; I didn’t do it, not at that level. No, it’s because I knew there was something better out there. Other writers were talking about phones with refresh rates of 90 and even 120Hz, and using terms like “buttery smooth.” Here I was with a crappy 60Hz screen, and not a drop of buttery smoothness to be found.

Okay, so this was a big case of tech jealousy, but it didn’t help that the Galaxy Note 20 was such a huge downgrade from the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. It had poor screen technology, a downgraded camera, and a number of other small elements that were obviously and extremely poor compared to a more expensive version of the same phone – all this on a phone that was actually quite expensive. Sound familiar? I was a little worried that I would face the same situation on the iPhone 15.

60Hz is ok on iPhone 15

Green iPhone 15 in the bush.
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As a true Android smartphone lover, and one who craves high refresh rates, I’m sad to admit that, uh, the refresh rate of the iPhone 15 Good,

After using a 120Hz Google Pixel 7 Pro last year, I was fully expecting to notice a difference when Apple neglectfully dropped me down to 60Hz, but incredibly, I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, if I put the Pixel 7 Pro and the iPhone 15 side by side and do some aggressive scrolling, there are clear differences between the two. But strangely, I don’t use my iPhone 15 with any other phones, so it’s not really something I noticed in my everyday use.

But it’s weird, because I should be paying attention. When using the Note 20, or any older phone, the lower refresh rate is apparent. How could it not be? Everything is coming at me twice as slow as before; This should make a very clear difference.

Except that the Note 20 has something the iPhone doesn’t: bottlenecks. Occasionally, minor problems may occur while using the software. Nothing major, just a small lag that stops scrolling for a short period of time. It is barely perceptible.

iPhone 15 Pro display.
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But barely perceptible is still perceptible, and I suspect that’s the difference. The iPhone 15 has never had any lag and has never been anything but smooth as silk. The lack of lag makes a big difference in perception, and it’s entirely possible that the raw power of Apple’s A16 Bionic is responsible for the 60Hz refresh rate feeling like, well, the opposite of a 60Hz refresh rate. because the performance is so Fast, so Fast, it compensates for lost frames.

It’s not just me. ‘ own Andy Boxall noted that the iPhone 15 Plus’s 60Hz display felt significantly smoother than the iPhone 14 Plus, and even called it “the smoothest.” [60Hz display] You’ll see.” After several weeks with the iPhone 15, I’m inclined to agree.

I’m still not the world’s biggest iPhone fan, and my time spent with the iPhone 15 has proven just how right I was to stick with Android smartphones — but it has shown me that sometimes, You just need to get a little closer to the phone than you would if you were reading a special leaflet. Sometimes 60Hz doesn’t feel like 60Hz, and on the iPhone 15, it really doesn’t. I’m still annoyed that Apple is rumored to be using a 60Hz panel on the iPhone 16, but at least I can assume it’ll still look fine.

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