OLED burn-in question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by largefarrva, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. largefarrva macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2012
    I'm not familiar with the specifics of OLED and burn-in associated with it. So I'm asking from those here who are more educated with the technology on what to do to minimize the chance of this happening to my phone (which is going to be delivered today).

    I plan on using true tone as well as auto brightness so hopefully this will help. My main concern with burn-in (or image retention as some would prefer to call it) is when I do my daily workout. I do daily indoor cycling workouts using a software called Zwift on my Mac along with the companion app on my iPhone. My workouts are pretty much every day and they last typically 45-60 minutes each time.

    The companion app that is on my phone has a main screen which is an overhead view of the course I'm on with dots on the streets that represent other riders (kind of a MMO but everyone is doing an indoor ride as well) and the map does move slowly so I'm pretty sure that the main part of the screen will be ok with the exception of my dot...it stays stationary while the rest of the map moves. So that's concern #1. Concern #2 is at the top and bottom of the screen. They are thicker "bars" that do not change so I'm worried about burn-in there.

    At 45-60 minutes a day is this enough to cause burn-in? Like I said, I'm not familiar with OLED so I would greatly appreciate some advice here. If this is enough to cause burn-in then I'll just have to get used to not using the companion app...not a terribly big deal.
  2. Gryzor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    No, no it's not. You might, if you're unlucky, get some ghosting or temporary retention but that is NOT burn-in like most scaremongers would have you believe. A few minutes of normal use thereafter will soon see that ghosting disappear if it ever does at all.
  3. Jjayf macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2015
    The worst thing that Apple has ever done was to make that damn statement on burn in. It's got everyone panicking and hypersensitive.

    Image retention is just a fact of life with oled. To minimize it, do not turn the brightness to full. Use auto dimming.

    Honestly this is a non issue, until it's a major issue. Use your phone as you normally would. If it becomes a major issue, Apple will address..
  4. largefarrva thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2012
    Ok thanks guys. The information is much appreciated. I don't keep my brightness up very far at all, mostly to conserve battery life. Looking at my 7+ I have it around 30-40% or thereabouts, and I've been using auto-brightness for as long as I can remember so that shouldn't be an issue.

    It's not that I'm freaking out about this issue, it's rather I was just wondering what sort of adjustments I may need to do in order to prevent any sort of issues that may happen. From the sounds of it I should be ok. There's always AppleCare+ if I need it. I just prefer to not have to use it if I can help it.
  5. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I wouldn't worry about it. As long as you are using auto brightness and not leaving the phone on a static image for prolonged periods of time, you shouldn't have a problem. Under normal circumstances, it's a non issue.
  6. nia820 macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2011
    OLED burn ins are rare on current smartphones. At the most you may get a temporary burn in but you'll not likely have a permanent one.

    I've been using samsung smartphones since 2011 and have never had a burn on my phone.

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