by Lance Somoza

iPhone X Tidbits

A collection of Interesting stuff about Apple’s new iPhone X. I’ll be updating this as more is discovered.

11/3 at 5:30pm:

Apple’s CYA Article on OLED Color Shifting and Burn-In

Apple has posted an article with more information on the Super Retina Display. Of most interest, they call out the normalcy of OLED that is color shifting and possible burn-in:

If you look at an OLED display off-angle, you might notice slight shifts in color and hue. This is a characteristic of OLED and is normal behavior. With extended long-term use, OLED displays can also show slight visual changes. This is also expected behavior 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.”

To mitigate this, Apple recommends keeping iPhone X updated, using auto-brightness, setting Auto Lock to a short duration, and avoiding the display of static images at maximum brightness for long periods of time.

These are normal concerns with any OLED panel. From my personal experience, the off-angle color shifting is noticeable, but not terrible. Apple says they engineered the OLED panel in iPhone X to be the best ever, so this is more likely some good “CYA” in the event customers experience light burn in after a lot of use. Hey, it could be worse.

11/3 at 2pm:

Face ID in Action

The Verge used a camcorder’s night vision mode to capture video of the iPhone X’s dot projector in action. This is very similar to Microsoft Kinect. Apple of course bought PrimeSense, the company behind the original Kinect back in 2013. Today, we witness the fruits of their labor.

iFixit Teardown

iFixit has performed their annual new-iPhone teardown, and it doesn’t disappoint. From reading through the teardown, it’s clear iPhone X is an engineering marvel. Take a look at the L-shaped battery composed of two cells, the stacked logic board, the TrueDepth camera system, and more. Unreal!