Apple’s upcoming iOS 11 software update apparently includes a software feature designed to prevent burn-in on the OLED display of iPhone X, according to code strings uncovered from the leaked iPhone X firmware by 9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo.

“It isn’t clear exactly how the iOS 11 software will try to mitigate the burn-in effect,” Mayo wrote, speculating that customers could manage this new feature through the Settings app or even permanently disable it at the system level at will.

One of the ways iOS 11 could prevent screen burn may involve subtly shifting the whole user interface or static content that is visible on the display for a long time without any variation in brightness or hue (this is a technique that some OLED-outfitted Samsung phones use).

“Thanks to the proliferation of translucent materials in iOS design, it is hard to name places where the interface stays constant for extended periods,” the author speculates. “The relatively-static white text and iconography in the status bar could be one such example.”

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Screen burn-in, or ghost image or just screen burn as it’s colloquially known, is a temporary or permanent (mostly permanent) discoloration of areas on a display caused by cumulative non-uniform usage of the pixels (plasma television have mainstreamed this problem).

While LCD displays like those used in all iOS devices to date can suffer from this, the issue is more pronounced on OLED panels that will be utilized on Apple’s iPhone X model.

On OLEDs, the wide variation in luminance degradation may over time cause noticeable color drift where one of the primary color components (red, blue or green) becomes more prominent.

iPhone X mockup via YouTube creator Marques Brownlee

  • Mikasa Ackerman

    All these posts say “edge-to-edge” then I look at the mockup and see a giant boarder… what the F*** are you guys talking about when you say edge to edge? Samsung is REAL edge to edge… now look at that, and tell me this mockup is edge to edge…

    • Jay

      I partially agree but Samsung isn’t edge to edge either when you consider the fact the top and bottom still have visible borders..

      • Phillip

        You never gonna have true edge to edge that tech is not ready yet …but when it’s ready Samsung will be the first to bring it . FYI Samsung version of it looks better then apples

    • Chris Roach

      Who wants true edge to edge anyway? How annoying would that be with all the accidental touches to the side while typing. I want a trail use of the iphone x before spend all that money on it.

      • Mikasa Ackerman

        Have you not seen the Galaxy S8? Phone works fine. No “accidental” touches.

      • Mikasa Ackerman

        I can’t even fathom you considering to spend $1000 on a phone to text and browse Twitter lol.

      • Galaxy Life

        It’s already done. On the S8 there are ZERO accidental touches.

        I don’t know how they did it but there are none. There was some on the S7 edge–strangely only when holding landscape yet none on the S6 edge.

        All 3 phones have different curvature so maybe that’s how.

    • Galaxy Life

      No phone is edge to edge, not even Samsung.

      The S8 is edge to edge on the sides only–top and bottom clearly have bezels.

      Supposedly the S9 might have a true edge to edge. Rumors are that the top and bottom will spill over but I doubt it.

      • Mikasa Ackerman

        Apple has a giant boarder on all sides. 🙂 Samsung display is real infinity.

  • Jay

    This feature already makes it better than any Samsung or device with an OLED… The sad part is the screen is from Samsung…

    • MvP77

      I guess you missed the part that said Samsung phones do this exact thing to reduce burn in.

      • Jay

        Except it doesn’t work because their burn in is still bad even the brand new S8.. they’ve had how many years to get this work on? We’re not sure how well Apples method works but time will tell.

      • MvP77

        Well I wouldn’t say Apples is better until about 2 months in peoples hands. That’s just me tho.

      • Jay

        Yep I was typing that as you were..

      • Phillip

        I’ve had my s8 plus since new no burn in issue . Which by the way are mostly a problem with phones that are left on all day at full brightness

      • Jay

        Want a cookie?

      • Phillip

        Don’t need a cookie got a new note 8 , somebody’s gotten triggered haha love fact checking the haters an trolls

      • Jay

        Hater? I felt bad you waisted your money on a Note 8 I thought the cookie would help you feel better about your loss.. as for burn in give it a few months…

      • Phillip

        My s8 plus is almost 6 months old . I’ve done the screen burn test . Passed with flying colors. Why cause nobody but demo models are on screen 24/7 at full brightness . You need to keep up all the flagships are going super amulet even Apple an LG . Hum I wonder why . Oh an the removable battery is going away to . Welcome to the 21st century old timer ,trade in that old iPhone 5

      • Jay

        I was a phone repair tech and saw brand new devices with bad burn in btw I’m 26 with a 7..

      • Phillip

        Then keep it ,from what I saw the iPhone 8 an x are not worth the upgrade . But but they now have wireless chargeing an face detaction . Wow !! My s3 had face detaction 5 years ago .

      • Jay

        Its funny I feel as though they would’ve definitely been worth the upgrade had they kept their pricing the same.

    • Galaxy Life

      There is no burn in on any Samsung display. And correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this also a Samsung display?

      • Jay

        Yes there is and yes it is. Do yourself a favor and google S8 burn in.

      • Galaxy Life

        Why Google it when I’ve been using it since launch day and the S7 edge for a year before that.

        I’m sure there’s some idiot out there that likes to abuse his phone and then claim there’s a defect.

        With the S8 whatever you have on your AOD it moves ever so often so it doesn’t just stay in the same position. Even then on screen buttons shift position.

        From 1994 till present, I’ve never kept any phone for more than a year so if burn in happens 4 years from now this phone will no longer be a concern.

      • Jay

        You’d google it to prove me wrong or see what other issue other people are having before they come to your device. I’m sure you’ve already googled it and noticed its the first, second, third, fourth, etc result that appears. Now you just want to defend your usage but you know the issue exists.

      • Galaxy Life

        Well let me just say this. The difference between Android users and iOS users is that you users repeat what they hear or see Android users speak from experience.

        You’re telling me that I’m in denial because I won’t Google weekend happened to other people but you’re not in denial because I’ve used said phones for the last 18 months??? It’s that what you’re telling me?

        If I tell you that every model iPhone has had exploding issues because it’s all over the internet, you would counter that it’s not true or they’re isolated or user caused. If it’s another OEM then it’s their product thats faulty? Is that the logic?

      • Jay

        Are you dening the fact that Samsung use a feature to prevent screen burn In because if they didn’t it would be an issue?

      • Galaxy Life

        If Samsung uses a feature to prevent burn in how is that you’re claiming their phones suffer from burn in?

        I don’t understand what you’re saying.

        What I’m saying is that over an 18 month period I’ve not had any burn in issues. My wife also has 18 months from S7 edge to S8 and no burn in.

        The AOD moves the displayed info so it’s not in the same position all the time. It’s impossible to get burn in that way–you’re more likely to get burn in from your status bar than from an AOD under those circumstances.

        In addition, the nav buttons also twitch and move–they’re not static buttons and even still, they’re not always on unless you go into settings and make them so.

        People crying about burn in are people that intentionally Max out and abuse their phones then cry about whatever damage was done. Burn in doesn’t happen under normal everyday typical use

      • Jay

        You understand what I’m saying very well and it’s quite simple. The ones that do not have the prevention feature have the issue. While even If the feature is off then that device will have the issue eventually too…

        Also how would you know what they do with their phone? You said the issue doesn’t even exist ao now you’re backpedaling? Just face it. You already contracted yourself by saying burn in isn’t a problem, but later say it exists. Just because your phone doesn’t do it yet doesn’t mean no other phones have the issue at all.

      • Galaxy Life

        You’re a confused young man.

        ALL Galaxies have this feature and it’s not something to turn on or off.

        It seems to me that it doesn’t really matter to you what I say, I use the phones in question–you read about them so you’re just going to sit there and convince yourself that there’s a problem because you read about it but the person who uses the phone is wrong.

        I get it now, have a nice day.

      • Jay

        I guess you forgot the fact I’m a phone repair texh and has seen first hand samsungs with screen burn in. If it wasn’t a problem then they wouldn’t include a feature to reduce it from happening. You can spin it how you like but you’ve lost this one.

      • I take it your new to the whole galaxy life huh? Screen burn in with the S7 was a big deal and Samsung had to release some updates to try and prevent it by subtly moving things around the screen.

        And even though the S8 shipped with screen burn in prevention there’s already pictures floating around reddit of people with some pretty serious screen burn in.