The iPhone X is the first smartphone from Apple to feature an OLED display. These display panels are fundamentally different and while they offer superior performance, the possibility of screen burn-in never really goes away. That’s what Apple has reminded iPhone X customers by updating its display support page. It’s an OLED display, after all. It goes with the territory.
You might have heard recently that Google’s Pixel 2 XL has been suffering from screen burn-in issues. That’s when traces of the previous image are retained on the screen, making it feel like the image has been burned into the display itself.
Since the iPhone X also has an OLED display, though an AMOLED panel from Samsung and now LG’s POLED like the Pixel 2 XL, it’s an OLED display nonetheless. The possibility of screen burn-in exists.
Apple does point out in its support document that the display meets its “incredibly high standards,” and that screen burn-in can occur in “more extreme cases such as when the same high contrast image is continuously displayed for prolonged periods of time.”
It doesn’t let the opportunity to tell you that the iPhone X has “the best OLED display that has ever shipped in a smartphone” pass by either. The company also adds that the display has been engineered to reduce the effects of burn-in as well.
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