Oled mbp

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  1. serenesam macrumors member

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    OLED has already been put to use in the Samsung Galaxy smartphone for a while now. Why hasn’t it been put to use for Macbook Pros?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    What advantages does this have over the current technology that apple is using?

    Apple doesn't seem too interested in using OLED for their phones never mind the computers.
     
  3. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Apple doesn't care about "technology". They care about making great products for users. When a practical display technology better than backlit LCD comes along, you can be sure Apple will use it.
     
  4. serenesam thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't know. I just assumed OLED was superior.
     
  5. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Not in every way.

    The main advantage that OLED has is that pixels that are darker/black consume less energy than pixels that are bright. In a standard LCD display you have to backlight all the pixels whether or not they are bright. Being able to truly turn off the light for a single pixel also results in higher contrast between light and dark colors.

    OLED displays can be difficult to achieve accurate colors on (which Apple prides themselves on in the current MBP line) and have issues with how long the various colored pixels last over time.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OLED#Disadvantages
     
  6. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

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    No doubt that OLED will offer superior contrast ratio. The technology is still very primitive that it won't even pass Apple's standards for color accuracy (hint: look at oversaturated and inaccurate colors of many OLED Samsungs out there). Also, the screen longevity and degration over time hasn't been tested thoroughly. Until those issues are completely ironed out, Apple won't even bother putting it to their screens. It might take a decade before Apple even consider moving their screens to OLED technology.
     
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Why?
     
  8. Atomic Walrus macrumors 6502a

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    OLED has better black levels, that's one major point. It can also theoretically have excellent color quality, though in practice that's often not true compared to a good IPS panel (because mostly only cheap OLED panels are being manufactured).

    Contrary to the general uninformed opinion, OLED does NOT reduce motion blur compared to LCD. They're both "sample and hold" displays, and recent research has clearly demonstrated that the sample and hold effect is responsible for the majority of "LCD" motion blur that used to be attributed to pixel response time. The reduction of motion blur requires an "impulse" driven display (like a plasma TV's pulse refresh cycles, or even old fashioned flickering film projection).

    It also is very expensive to manufacture and can suffer from permanent burn-in due to the fact that individual sub-pixels are self-illuminated and will decrease in brightness over time.

    An interesting and promising display technology, but not ready for mainstream application in larger screens yet.
     
  9. serenesam thread starter macrumors member

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    Because of the Samsung Galaxy.
     
  10. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    I guess that makes sense, kind of like assuming 3D is better because Sucker Punch was in 3D.
     
  11. serenesam thread starter macrumors member

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    The 3DS is definitely better than previous nintendo portables.
     

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