Freshly Squeezed OpEd: Stop it, Just Stop It

Sep 30, 2021 | OpEd | 0 comments

I watch a lot of YouTube. Actually, I watch way too much YouTube. I often use it for research purposes sometimes. Pathetic, eh?

I’m sure you’ve seen a plethora of videos regarding “jellygate”. Apple didn’t create the problem, it’s a hardware limitation (though I see no limits as to what Apple can do with software to circumvent hardware limitations given the time). Yet people find it easy to think anything wrong when they use an Apple device is all Apple’s fault (the operative here is “think”).

Back in the day, CRT TVs would refresh via alternating scan lines. If you filmed this at high speed you’d see it. But you never noticed it watching your favorite show, did you?

In the world of LEDs it’s not that different. Granted OLED and micro-LEDs are a different case.

But what I can’t stand is the proliferation of YouTube videos contrasting the enormous differences between 120Hz vs. 60 Hz on iPhone scrolling.

I agree: adaptive refresh can save you battery life if you’re watching a film on your phone which requires only 24Hz. At the other end of the spectrum, 120Hz can really boost your gameplay enjoyment by making the graphics buttery smooth.

But scrolling? Really? I’ve been using computers for roughly twenty years. I’ve owned iPad Pros. Now I own an iPad Air 4.

With using the eyeballs I was born with, I’ve used both refresh rates on my iPads, and I can honestly say that I never felt the scrolling on my 60Hz iPad subpar or wanting.

Honestly, to those who claim it makes such a difference in their scrolling, please explain to me why every (and I mean EVERY) YouTube video can only demonstrate the difference by recording both screens at a minimum of a 120fps? I’ve seen some go as high as 240fps to make their point!

This is insanity! The example has to be rigged to prove a point? What goofy lengths people will go to with ‘click bait’.

I had to get this off of my chest. I can’t turn on YouTube without every other vid about the iPhone 13 using this inane sort of clip!

There. It’s outta my system. Now I can go to bed.

©2021 Frank Petrie


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