What is an OLED Display?

Posted Apr 5, 2016 by  /  Comments  /  Back to Blog
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Each year, the Apple rumor mill circulates with speculation on  new features and technology that will be introduced to Apple's famous lineup of products. A popular rumor this year is that Apple will introduce OLED display technology in their iOS device lineup. These upgrades will have everything to do with the power of sight and all the world's beauty that can be taken in from our eyes.

What's An OLED Display?

What is OLED Technology?

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. According to a new report from Chinese news organization Nikkei, Apple is currently planning to introduce the first iPhone with an OLED display in 2017. In the past, it has been rumored that Apple was aiming to use OLED technology by 2018 or 2019.

A More Vivid, Colorful Display

OLED enables each tiny pixel in a display to illuminate on its own. This is in contrast to current LED displays, which are illuminated by a backlight. While the phone at first glance will not show much change, one small touch of the home screen will quickly prove the difference OLED can make. This OLED display will provide a clearer picture and accurate display while simultaneously conserving battery power. Color will be more vivid than ever before. 

Better Battery Effeciency 

OLED's are more efficient than current LED displays due to the fact that an LED display must light the entire screen, whereas an OLED display will only light up the parts of the screen that need it. Considering that your iPhone's display backlight is one of the greatest power draws, the increased efficiency of an OLED display could result in significantly better battery life in future devices. 

OLED iPhone display

Funding OLED Technology in Apple Devices

While OLED technology has been available for a long time, it is substantially more expensive than other screen technologies such as LED, so it has yet to be widely adopted into  smaller personal devices such as smartphones and tablets. It is reported that Samsung will be Apple’s primary OLED display supplier as it invests up to $7.5B in readiness. Thanks to OLED’s, the future looks more magnificent than ever before. 


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