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Aadil Naik
Aadil Naik • Nov 7, 2017

Retina display in iPhone X has "burn-in" issue - All you need to know

Tech-giant Apple ventured into the market of full screen display smartphones with its recent launch of iPhone X. This smartphone comes with a 5.8 inch OLED display covering the whole face except the small fraction at the top which houses its camera module. If you own an iPhone X, you must be pretty excited, right? But you need to know something.


iPhone X​

Apple has used OLED screen for the first time to minimize the "burn-in" issue in the conventionally used IPS LCD screens. OLED screens, also called as Super Retina by Apple, are claimed to have better brightness and color support. However, they have not been able to eliminate the burn-in problem completely. The extended use of OLED display may show image persistence or burn-in.

iPhone 5S burn-in
Image persistence in iPhone 5S
Image persistence occurs when a new image comes up on the screen but the previous image is still there, although faint. This problem has also been reported with some Google Pixel phones as well, like Pixel 2 XL. Apple says, burn-in occurs when a high-contrast image is displayed for a long period of time. It is aided by a high screen brightness. However, the tech-giant maintained that they have developed this display technology to reduce the issue considerably. More can be read here.

Since now you know your expensive iPhone has this small issue, here are some tips to avoid it from happening. Whenever possible, use the auto-brightness feature. You may also avoid displaying high-contrast static images at full brightness on your screen. Apple also encourages to update to the latest iOS regularly for fixes to this issue and more.

Source: GsmArena, AppleSupport

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