The 120Hz ProMotion Display makes everything look smoother and more responsive, making gaming, movie watching, and drawing smoother and more enjoyable.

In iPad Pros, the refresh rate is adaptive. It is adjusted depending on the content being displayed. When you view photos in the Photo app, it will automatically lower the refresh rate to conserve battery life.

In this article, I will show you which iPads have 120Hz displays, explain what it means and how it works, and answer some of the most commonly asked questions.

iPads with 120Hz Displays

iPad ModelRelease Year120Hz Display?
iPad Pro 10.52017Yes
iPad Pro 12.9 (2nd gen)2017Yes
iPad Pro 11-inch (1st gen)2018Yes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd gen)2018Yes
iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd gen)2020Yes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th gen)2020Yes
iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd gen)2021Yes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th gen)2021Yes
iPad Pro 11-inch (4th gen)2022Yes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th gen)2022Yes

The first iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st gen) featured only a 60Hz display, and after the release of the iPad Pro 12.9 inch 2nd gen, many considered that a worthy improvement and updated to a newer model.

Every iPad Pro model launched in and after 2017 boasts a high-refresh-rate 120Hz display.

What Is 120Hz Promotion Display and How Does It Work

Instead of your iPad showing 60 images per second, it will show 120 images per second.

  • Refresh Rate: The standard refresh rate of a display is measured in Hertz (Hz), indicating how many frames per second the screen can refresh. The newest iPad Pro models have a 120Hz Promotion Display, which means the display refreshes 120 times per second.
  • Adaptive Refresh Rate: The ProMotion display is adaptive, meaning it can dynamically adjust its refresh rate based on the displayed content. If you are going to view photos, the refresh rate will automatically drop to save battery life, and it will automatically ramp up when you watch videos or use Apple Pencil.

120Hz Promotion display means that everything on your iPad will look and feel smoother and more responsive. Whether you’re scrolling through web pages, playing games, or drawing with an Apple Pencil, a ProMotion display will reduce motion blur and latency, making everything feel more natural and faster.

If you enable low power mode on iPad, your iPad will automatically drop the refresh rate to 60hz.

60Hz vs 120Hz

  • 60Hz screen:

Will be more power-efficient and less expensive. It’s more adequate for general use, like web browsing, reading, emails, light gaming, etc.

But it will appear less smooth during fast movement, like gaming or scrolling.

  • 120Hz screen

You will have a smoother and more responsive display. It’s great for tasks that require precision – drawing, art, note-taking, competitive gaming, and video editing. You can also see the difference when watching videos or movies.

The 120Hz screens also have drawbacks. Your device will consume more power and make your iPad more expensive.

If you plan to buy an iPad for general use, I recommend saving money and going for a 60Hz screen, like iPad Air or iPad 10, or if you are in smaller screens, iPad Mini 6.

On the other hand, if you want the best out of the best, iPad Pro with 120Hz Promotion Display is your pick.

Here’s a video example where a person compares a 60Hz screen and a 120Hz screen side by side:

comapring 60hz ipad vs 120hz ipad

FAQ

Does the iPad Air 5 Have a 120Hz Display?

No, the iPad Air does not have a 120Hz display, it has the 60Hz display.

Does the iPad Mini 6 Have a 120Hz Display?

No, the iPad Mini does not have a 120Hz display, it has the 60Hz display.

Does the iPad 10 Have a 120Hz Display?

No, the iPad 10 does not have a 120Hz display, it has the 60Hz display.

Can you change the refresh rate on iPad?

You can enable low power mode on iPad that will drop the iPads refresh rate from 120Hz to 60Hz, besides that you can’t adjust it manually.

Can iPad Pro output 120Hz to monitor?

iPad Pro M1 and M2 (11 inch and 12.9 inch) have 120Hz Promotin Displays, but for external monitors, the maximum achievable refresh rate is typically 60Hz.

Check The iPads

If you made a decision. Time to check the prices and go shopping:

ImageProductFeaturesPrice
iPad Pro
iPad Pro 12.9

iPad Pro 12.9

  • Display: 12.9-inch retina (2732 x 2048)
  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz
9.9
Buy on Amazon
iPad Pro
iPad Pro 11

iPad Pro 11

  • Display: 11-inch Retina (2388 x 1668)
  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz
9.7
Buy on Amazon
iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air

  • Display: 10.9-inch Retina (2360 x 1640) 
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
8.8
Buy on Amazon
iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini

  • Display: 8.3-inch Retina (2266 x 1488)
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
8.9
Buy on Amazon
Classic iPad
iPad

iPad

  • Display: 10.9-inch Retina (2360 x 1640) 
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
8.6
Buy on Amazon

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