Bloomberg, citing ‘people familiar with the matter,’ recently revealed one of the major enhancements that Apple plans to deliver with its next-generation iPad devices,” Ashraf Eassa writes for The Motley Fool. “‘The new iPad hardware will include a faster display technology that allows for smoother zooming, panning, and scrolling,’ Bloomberg reports.”

“Although this doesn’t appear to tell us much, it’s pretty clear what Apple is planning to introduce here: a display with a faster refresh rate,” Eassa writes. “The greater the refresh rate, the smoother virtually everything gets. It’s one of those features that one doesn’t realize is missing until one experiences a higher refresh rate display — then it becomes quite difficult to go back to displays with slower refresh rates. Bloomberg didn’t indicate what refresh rate Apple’s next-generation iPad displays will run at, but my guess is that it will be 120Hz, or double the speed of current iPad displays.”

“This is certainly a feature that I would expect to come to the iPhone at some point. Keep in mind, however, that Apple relies on the iPhone for the majority of its revenue and gross profit dollars, meaning that Apple can’t introduce the feature until it can be implemented at a reasonable cost structure,” Eassa writes. “I wouldn’t expect it until the 2018 iPhone at the earliest, and it wouldn’t be a shocker if iPhone customers have to wait until the 2019 iPhone model to get a zippier display.”

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