The potential issues with Apple’s iPhone X OLED display

Apple reminds users of potential screen burns on the iPhone X OLED screen. What has Apple suggested to avoid this issue?

Since the release of Apple’s latest flagship phone, some customers have complained about poor colour performance or small defects on the iPhone X OLED display. Sometimes some areas appear a little burned, others have noticed changes when viewing the screen from a different angle. Although Apple states that there will be a slight “remanence” of screen burning, this can often last for a few hours.

This is a characteristic of OLED and is normal behavior. With extended long-term use, OLED displays can also show slight visual changes. This is also expected behavior and can include “image persistence” or “burn-in,”

Apple explains that the changes in colour when viewed from an angle is “normal behaviour” and slight visual changes occur on OLED screens after long periods of use. For example, when a static image remains on the screen for a prolonged period of time, this image would “burn-in” and may remain even after you have switched to another application.

These issues have also occured on the Google Pixel 2 XL, where customers have complained that their devices got “burn-in” just a week after their purchase. Apple is trying to avoid a similar scenario by mentioning these issues on it’s website. In addition to the the warning, Apple assures customers that the iPhone X is not going to have imperfect display anytime soon. The company has mentioned that it’s Super Retina display which is manufactured by Samsung is to be the pinnacle of screen technology today.

What has Apple recommended?

So, Apple has reassured us that the screen is the best of its kind, and you wouldn’t expect burn in to occur in the near future. However if you, like most people, want to take extra steps to prevent your screen from facing any issues, Apple has conveniently provided a guideline to help you do just that.

  • Update your iPhone X to the latest version of iOS. When a new update is available, you’ll see a prompt to update. You can also check for updates in Settings > General > Software Update.
  • Use Auto-Brightness to automatically adjust the brightness of your display based on the ambient light in your location. This setting is on by default. To check this setting, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations.
  • Set your iPhone X to turn off the display when you aren’t using it. Choosing a shorter time is recommended. To adjust this setting, go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto Lock.
  • Avoid displaying static images at maximum brightness for long periods of time. If you have an app that keeps your display on when you aren’t actively using your iPhone X, you can temporarily reduce the brightness level using Control Center.

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