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Why 120Hz doesn’t work on newer MacBooks


Apple is a long way behind in introducing 120Hz refresh technology. On devices from other manufacturers, the chip has been used to its fullest for a long time. Of course, the Cupertinians can be justified by the fact that the interface of their system did not imply such an update. Animations, transitions, and more make 120Hz useless for iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Perhaps it is for this reason that Apple has slightly changed the technology and made it adaptive. However, if a phone with a tablet is used mainly as a device for consuming content, then the MacBook Pro has clearly different goals.

Not so long ago, in Cupertino, at their annual autumn presentation dedicated to Mac computers, they presented us with their truly professional devices. The update turned out to be really cool. If before the MacBook Pro was often bought as a typewriter, now in Cupertino they made it clear to us: this is a device for serious work.

We have already told you about the display of the new MacBooks more than once. In particular, in the new Mac, the screen is made using mini-LED technology, which Apple previously tested on the iPad Pro. In fact, such displays are a more advanced version of standard LCD-matrices with an increased number of connected LEDs, which is the main difference from OLED.

The ProMotion technology was also presented. As I said above, this is not exactly 120Hz. The bottom line is that Apple does not allow screen refresh at this rate on an ongoing basis. The new MacBook Pro, just like the iPad Pro or iPhone 13, uses adaptive frequency. The device independently determines what is currently happening on the screen, and then determines at what speed to update the image.

MacBook Pro 2021

Naturally, as soon as the new MacBook went on sale, the craftsmen immediately began to master the new chips in business. And here, by analogy with the iPhone 13, problems awaited all users. The bottom line is that most applications still do not support ProMotion technology. Previously, with the iPhone 13, there was a similar situation. Then Apple still released a document for third-party developers, where it clearly indicated what to do to make 120 Hz available to all users.

However, there is still no such documentation with Mac. And here the situation is as follows. Yes, the whole system runs smoothly. Dragging windows, Metal – no problem. However, in standard applications, the token is still not available. Rather it works, but not everywhere.

This is most noticeable in the native Safari browser. Users have a couple of questions here. It is enough just to remember that at their event in Cupertino they demonstrated ProMotion with 120 Hz support in the browser. And in the end, they rolled out an absolutely raw product. Why? One can only guess.

For third-party apps, Apple also hasn’t released any guides to keep developers up to date. In particular, on the Google Chrome forums, the Chromium developers have already made several attempts to introduce a new feature into their product, but nothing came of it.

Interestingly, one Twitter user showed how you can use 120Hz technology for smoother scrolling by running Chrome through a Windows virtual machine. In his post, he compared his native Safari with the browser from Google, which was ahead.

In theory, in Cupertino, they were originally supposed to roll out detailed instructions for third-party developers, which will indicate how to register your application for the adequate operation of the new chip, but this has not yet followed. Well, we can only hope for a quick introduction of ProMotion into everyday work.

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