Apple’s latest Xcode version offers more hints of 120Hz iPad Pro display

“The latest update to Xcode has provided another hint that Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro will feature a faster 120Hz display,” Killian Bell reports for Cult of Mac.

“Existing iPhone and iPad displays max out at 60Hz, but higher refresh rates allow for a smoother experience when playing graphically intensive games and using Apple Pencil,” Bell reports. “A 60Hz display is capable of processing up to 60 frames-per-second, while a 120Hz display can process up to 120. This isn’t always necessary, but there are times when it helps.”

“This isn’t always necessary, but there are times when it helps,” Bell reports. “For instance, Apple has made it so that the iPad Pro’s digitizer can sample Apple Pencil’s position at 240 times-per-second. However, the display can only update that position at 60 fps.”

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  1. “MacDailyNews Take: It’ll be like looking at, and writing on, a piece of paper.”

    Such hyperbole is inaccurate.

    If you want the average user to truly have the 12.9″ iPad Pro screen be indistinguishable from paper (effectively a continuous imagery, continuous color spectrum, continuous refresh rate) then it will have to get past the level of perception of the human visual system.

    > 120 Hz refresh (to get past any motion blur without software tricks that have been used for the past 30 years in order to simulate smooth graphics)
    > 1,900 ppi (gets past the perception level of human vision that is about 0.1 arc minute)
    > Rec 2020 color space (and approaching the full CIE 1931 color space)

    Obviously, this leaves out the very small subset of people that have exceptional vision, i.e., better than “20/10”, four color receptors, and fast vision. These people exist and their existence has been well documented, but they are such a small subset of the population than any device manufacturer can ignore them. Besides the handful of these types of people I’ve met have all decided they just have to live with the limitations of imaging devices.

    All that said, anything that improves the screens Apple ships is a good thing.

    1. With 120 Hz Apple will already meet the criteria. 1900 ppi makes sense only if you try to look at the image from like 5-10 cm distance, not from real life use distance which is about 35-40 cm. Colour space this wide is only necessary in a an extreme cases like when you need to show some rabidly acid greens and reds, not when you are in pen and and paper situation.

  2. “These people exist and their existence has been well documented”
    You mean they all have passports, right?
    Reading this makes me feel like a superhero. I sent this to all my friends who have been using 120hz monitors for years and they had a good laugh. Btw when was the last time you used one?
    No games are needed to spot a difference. Just drag a window around your desktop with 60hz and 120hz and you will see it. If not, you should go and get well documented by scientists 🙂

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