Samsung, display has been the supplier of OLED panels for all iPhone models since the release of the iPhone X. All premium iPhone variants currently utilize OLED panels from Samsung, and this trend is expected to continue into the upcoming year. In fact, there are reports suggesting that Samsung Display is working on developing a new type of OLED screen specifically for the iPhone 16 series.
According to information from The Elec, Apple is considering the incorporation of OLED panels featuring Micro Lens Array (MLA) technology in its iPhone 16 lineup.
OLED panels fitted with MLA technology promise improved brightness and improved power efficiency, a technology already implemented in LG’s latest flagship OLED televisions. Both LG Display and Samsung Display have stated their readiness to manufacture OLED panels with MLA for Apple, but the final decision on this matter has yet to be made by Apple.
MLA panels incorporate a layer of countless micro lenses positioned on the screen’s surface. This layer serves to minimize internal reflections and direct the released light towards the screen, thus efficiently utilizing the available light output.
Considerations for OLED Panels with MLA Technology
This results in an improved perception of brightness without an associated increase in power consumption, ultimately leading to improved power efficiency. However, it’s worth noting that this technology may sometimes limit the shining of light when viewing the screen from oblique angles, which can narrow the viewing range.
Furthermore, it’s important to consider that OLED panels featuring MLA tend to be more expensive. As a result, Apple must carefully assess the pros and cons of adopting such panels before arriving at a final decision.
Samsung, has already implemented an MLA layer to improved the brightness of its OLED panels and has supplied these panels to certain Chinese smartphone manufacturers. In a move to reduce its reliance on Samsung Display and LG Display, Apple is actively working on the development and production of its own Micro LED screens for future iPhone models.
Samsung Display has been a consistent supplier of OLED panels for iPhones, with a potential continuation for the iPhone 16 series. Apple is exploring the integration of Micro Lens Array (MLA) technology, offering improved brightness and efficiency.
However, cost considerations and potential viewing angle limitations warrant careful evaluation. Additionally, Apple seeks to reduce dependency on external suppliers by developing Micro LED screens for future iPhones.