Apple has released a support page explaining how to avoid screen burn-in with the iPhone X’s Super Retina display.
One of the best ways to extend the life of the iPhone X is to update the handset whenever a new one is available. Whenever an over the air software releases, users will see a prompt to update, or users can check the ‘Settings’ > ‘General’ > ‘Software Update.’
Apple also suggests that users utilize the ‘Auto-Brightness’ settings on the iPhone X. With the setting turned on, the smartphone will automatically adjust the brightness of the display based on the ambient light in the location. The setting is turned on by default, however. In cased it’s turned off, check out ‘Settings’ > ‘General’ > ‘Accessibility’ > ‘Display Accommodations.’
Additionally, users should make sure the device automatically turns off when the display isn’t in used. Therefore the faster the ‘screen off’ time, the better it is for the display. To change this setting, go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Display & Brightness’ > ‘Auto Lock.’
Lastly, Apple states to avoid static images at maximum brightness for long periods of time. Apps that keep the screen on when the device is no longer in use, can have their brightness temporarily reduced with the help of the Control Center.
“With extended long-term use, OLED displays can also show slight visual changes. This is also expected behaviour and can include ‘image persistence’ or ‘burn-in,’ where the display shows a faint remnant of an image even after a new image appears on the screen. This can occur in more extreme cases such as when the same high contrast image is continuously displayed for prolonged periods of time. We’ve engineered the Super Retina display to be the best in the industry in reducing the effects of OLED ‘burn-in,'” reads Apple’s support page.
I can’t help but feel this support page is a preemptive move on Apple’s part to prevent the issues the Pixel 2 XL’s OLED display is currently suffering from. Some Pixel 2 XL users have reported display burn-in issues after just a few days of use with the Pixel 2 XL.
For more on the iPhone X and its display click here.