Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup is now official, comprising four smartphones: the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The phones — especially the Pro models — get nice new upgrades over last year’s iPhone 13 series. The 14 Plus replaces the iPhone 13 Mini with a much larger display, and the Pro variants get the Dynamic Island: a pill-shaped cutout to house the selfie camera and Face ID sensors.
An important feature the non-Pro variants of the iPhone 13 series missed out on was a display with a faster refresh rate. So, you might wonder whether the new iPhone 14 has a 120Hz display or not. Sadly, Apple has again decided to keep higher refresh rate screens exclusive to the more expensive Pro variants only.
If you’re planning to get the iPhone 14 or the iPhone 14 Plus, you’ll have to make do with a 60Hz display. This is a little annoying, as there are Android smartphones out there offering 120Hz displays, despite costing one-third of the new iPhones.
To experience a faster refresh rate on a new iPhone, you’ll need to spend a little extra and buy one of the Pro variants instead. The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max both ship with a ProMotion display, which allows for an adaptive refresh rate of 1Hz to 120Hz. The refresh rate goes all the way down to 1Hz, in order to save battery. Moreover, the Pro models get a bunch of other new exclusive features, like Dynamic Island and Always On Display.
Having said that, the iPhone 14’s display should not let you down, even without a 120Hz refresh rate. Apple’s animations are better than its competitors, and thanks to iOS’s optimizations, you’re going to get a more fluid experience compared to other phones with a similar refresh rate. Basically, the 60Hz display on the iPhone 14 feels smoother than the 60Hz panels of most Android smartphones.
However, if you compare the iPhone 14’s display with the Pro variants or with other smartphones rocking a 120Hz panel, there’s going to be a noticeable difference. A phone with a 120Hz display will be more fluid and smooth than one with a 60Hz panel, though it won’t be something you’ll notice until you use a 120Hz display. So stay away from the iPhone 14 Pro, and your iPhone 14 will probably feel just fine.
In the Android world, a lot of midrange phones come with a 120Hz display, and we’ve even seen 144Hz panels on a few premium smartphones. While 60Hz displays on Android are becoming less and less common, Apple is still sticking with a 60Hz panel for the iPhone 14. Hopefully, the next iteration of the iPhones might use ProMotion displays with a higher refresh rate as standard, but for now, you’ll have to stick with 60Hz on the standard iPhone.