Many people believe that there aren’t many iPhones with OLED screens out there which isn’t true. Hence, in this write-up where I will list out all the iPhones that have been shipped with an OLED display and the reason behind the hype about this particular screen type.
iPhones with OLED Screens
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Plus
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone X
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
What is an OLED Screen?
OLED means Organic Light-Emitting Diode. Most manufacturers use it on their high-end smartphones. One of the major advantages it has over other panels in the market is its superior picture/image quality.
Unlike LCD cells that use an external source of light, each pixel in an OLED panel is capable of emitting its own light when they come in contact with electric current/electricity.
Because of this, the OLED panel is capable of producing the darkest blacks and brightest whites and that allows it to have the best contrast ratio when compared to other screen panels.
Other advantages OLED panel has over others include faster response time, faster refresh rates, and low power consumption. All of this makes it a better display for watching movies/videos and gaming.
One of the major disadvantages OLED displays has when compared to LCD is that it is not as bright as LCD display though this aspect is currently being worked on by top screen manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, and Sony.
The first 3 iPhones which include the Original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS used a TFT display while every iPhone since then until the iPhone X family has an LCD display.
While the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max marked the beginning of a new era for iPhone OLED screens, it didn’t mean they totally stopped using the LCD screen on their phones. Below are some of those instances.
iPhone 11 does not have an OLED screen, it has an LCD screen and so are the iPhone SE (2020), iPhone SE (2022), and iPhone XR.
But this might change in a few years to come. Why? Because even though the iPhone 11 (the lowest end of its family) has an LCD screen, the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini (the lowest end of their family) uses an OLED display.
So, in the past two years, the recently announced iPhone SE for the year 2022 is the first iPhone to have an LCD display.