All you need to know about the OLED display rumored to come with the iPhone 12

  • AUTHOR: midhat
  • POSTED ON: September 28, 2020

So, normally, Apple launches its new iPhones in
September every year… But there’s nothing normal in 2020, so there wasn’t any
new iPhone in September either.

But fret not! Apple is taking some time to launch
its new iPhones with some impressive features! Better late than never, right?

We’re still unclear about what to expect from this year’s iPhone, but there are rumors suggesting that Apple is likely to launch four different and new
models, and amazingly, all with OLED displays.

Wait, what the hell is that?

If you’re not tech-savvy or haven’t been updated
with the display technology’s latest advancements, OLED has been here for
quite a while now and has been powering many premium smartphones. Previous
iPhones, such as the 11 Pro, utilized the technology for better image results, but
it looks like it’s the first time where each new iPhone will boast it.

So, let’s discuss what this new display technology
really is and what potential benefits it can provide:

What do we mean by OLED display?

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You must be familiar with the term LED, right? It
means a light-emitting diode. OLED belongs to the same family of display
technology, but the additional letter ‘O’ makes the actual difference!

Organic Light-emitting diodes offer the same
benefits as usual LEDs but function differently. A regular LED might
utilize silicon components for light emission, whereas OLED uses organic material to
function. The organic material exhibits a thin layer located between two

There’s another display technology called AMOLED,
which stands for active-matrix organic light-emitting diode. Many smartphone
devices have been using this technology, including the most recent Samsung
Galaxy Note 20 and various televisions.

AMOLED is a process of featuring images on an OLED
display. Each of the pixels contains its own capacitor and transistors, unlike Passive Matrix OLED, PMOLED, a different type of display that is not usually
used in smartphones.

In simple words, the active type offers the finest pixel control than the passive variety, which operates pixels by columns and rows and is not usually used in the conventional technology.

What is the
difference between OLED and the screens we now have in our smartphones?

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OLED is an advanced replacement for liquid
crystal displays or LCD. Considering the widespread use of LCD in many smartphone
devices, you might be scrolling through this blog currently on an LCD screen…

For your information, each iPhone prior to the iPhone
X uses the same kind of display too. Even the standard iPhone 11 had the same
LED screen, but the expensive 11 Pro moved on with the OLED one. Now, the even iPhone
X Sand X use OLED screens.

The most noteworthy difference between the two
display technologies is the backlight presence. An OLED display consists
of an organic thin layer to emit the light when current runs through it. In
simpler terms, OLED can still be functional on its own without a
backlight. LCD might have served humanity for years, but it still requires a
backlight to operate!

Why is OLED
better for our smartphones?

Source: Mashable

The biggest benefit of OLED is the absence of
backlight for sure! With this technology, power efficiency, image quality,
and even physical dimensions are improved and enhanced on a smartphone.

Nobody would want a phone that features poor
quality images, right? OLED screens feature much better black levels compared to an LCD
screen. With the backlight in the LCD screen, the dark spots on the display do not
get entirely dark, hence, it doesn’t show what the image is truly like.

But with OLED, it removes the backlight to display
a true image, more like they’re actually supposed to look. As a matter of fact,
OLED displays are also thinner than LCD. It’s an additional advantage, TBH!
When backlight and liquid crystals are eliminated from the equation, there’s
plenty of space left… By the way, no backlight means there will be no extra
power consumption. It means the OLED screen smartphones have a bigger battery
life than LCD smartphones. How cool is that!

Now you know what to expect from OLED powered
smartphones, right? 

Updated September 28, 2020
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