The impact of ProMotion on iPhone 15 Pro battery life has been the subject of much debate and speculation. Some users believe that scaling down the refresh rate to 60Hz will significantly extend battery life, while others maintain that ProMotion’s dynamic refresh rate capabilities could minimize any impact on battery consumption.
To shed light on these misconceptions, recent tests have been conducted to rigorously analyze the effect of enabling and disabling ProMotion on iPhone 15 Pro battery life. These tests have revealed some surprising insights, dispelling common myths and uncovering the true impact of ProMotion on battery usage.
120Hz gaming can drain iPhone 15 Pro battery, despite ProMotion’s efficiency
The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max boast a dynamic refresh rate that can seamlessly adjust between 120Hz and as low as 1Hz. This adaptive refresh rate proves to be particularly beneficial for conserving battery life, especially during idle moments when the Always-On display is active, showcasing minimal information on the Lock Screen.
Jason Cross from Macworld conducted comprehensive tests, including Geekbench 4, to investigate the effect of enabling and disabling ProMotion on battery life. Despite observing some minor differences, the impact was deemed too insignificant to justify giving up one of the most compelling features of the iPhone 15 Pro.
While ProMotion’s impact on battery life is negligible in regular usage scenarios, playing high-end games that support 120fps can have a substantial effect on battery consumption. Games such as Call of Duty: Mobile, PUBG Mobile, Brawl Stars, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Genshin Impact, and Alto’s Odyssey can lead to a significant battery drain. It’s important to note that manually selecting the special 120fps or high frame rate mode within the game’s options menu is necessary for these titles.
In real-world tests, the iPhone 15 Pro with ProMotion enabled consumes approximately 5% more battery life. This trade-off is considered inconsequential when weighed against the enhanced functionality and user experience it provides. However, if you’re planning an extended gaming session on your iPhone 15 Pro, connecting it to a power source or power bank is recommended to ensure uninterrupted gameplay.