Why doesn't the iPhone have the antireflective coating?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bryanrs, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. bryanrs macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2016
    Hello! First post. I got the new 9.7" iPad Pro last week and the display is truly amazing. One of the things I really noticed about it compared to my iPhone is that, the screen on the iPhone is quite a bit more reflective than the iPad. Why doesn't the iPhone have the antireflective coating too? Do you think the new iPhone will have it?
  2. mildocjr macrumors 65816

    Because the iPhone 6S came out before the 9.7" iPad Pro. Apple likes to add specific features to one device then update all of their other devices on next release. So it's a good chance the iPhone 7 will have an anti-reflective coating. It's what keeps the money train going.
  3. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    The iPad Pro is the only iOS device that has it, and it was the most recent device that came out. It'll show up on other products eventually.
  4. I7guy macrumors P6

    Nov 30, 2013
    Looking at Central Park@550 feet
    Not sure it's a money train philosophy as why didn't any prior iPhone have it? But good point and hope it appears on the iPhone 7.
  5. lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    iPads since the Air 2 have used a different laminated screen construction. It has nothing to do with the 6s releasing before the 9.7" Pro. The laminated construction is what adds pretty much all the anti-reflection on iPads. iPhone doesn't need it anywhere as much as an iPad does because of the screen sizes. (Larger screen = much larger surface area to catch reflections)
  6. Jetcat3 macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2015
    The iPad Air 2 used an anti-reflective coating as well. Now the Mini 4, Pro 12.9", 9.7", and Air 2 all have it. The Pro's 9.7" display reflects the least amount of light out of all of them.

    From DisplayMate.com
    displays are mirrors that reflect light from everything that is illuminated anywhere in front of the screen (especially anything behind the viewers), including lamps, ceiling lights, windows, direct and indirect indoor and outdoor sunlight, which washes out the on-screen colors, degrades image contrast, and interferes with seeing the on-screen images. The lower the Screen Reflectance the better. In fact, decreasing the Screen Reflectance by 50 percent doubles the effective Contrast Ratio in Ambient Light, so it is very important.

    To visually compare the differences in screen Reflectance for yourself, hold any Tablets or Smartphones side-by-side and turn off the displays so you just see the reflections. Those reflections are still there when you turn them on, and the brighter the ambient light the brighter the reflections.

    The iPad Pro 9.7 has a very innovative low Reflectance screen that reflects just 1.7 percent of the ambient light by using a new Anti-Reflection AR coating. It has by far the lowest screen Reflectance of any mobile display, so its image colors and contrast in high ambient light will appear considerably better than on any other mobile display. It’s a major enhancement that reduces the reflected light glare from the screen by a very impressive factor of 3 to 1 compared to most Tablets and Smartphones.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 5, 2016 ---
    DisplayMate.com talking about the Air 2. -The next cutting edge development for Tablet displays arrived in 2014 on the iPad Air 2, which received a very innovative low Reflectance screen that reflects just 2.5 percent of the ambient light by using a new Anti-Reflection AR coating (together with eliminating the air gap). While this was overlooked by most consumers, reviewers, and (even) manufacturers, it was a major enhancement that reduced the reflected light glare from the screen by a very impressive 62 percent compared to the iPad Air 1 (and even more for the earlier iPads).

    Don't know why iPhones haven't received it yet!
  7. nj-morris macrumors 68000


    Nov 30, 2014
    iPads have had this since the Air 2. Why hasn't the iPhone got it?
  8. Kobbr macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2016
    How would we know?
  9. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    Sorry but I'm not a fan of the anti-reflective coating Apple uses. I would rather see them return to the early (discontinued) matte screens.
  10. nj-morris macrumors 68000


    Nov 30, 2014
    Bruh. Rhetorical question.
  11. teknikal90 macrumors 68030


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    because they wear out. Phones are generally exposed to more taps and swipes per square inch than tablets and for longer periods in a day and as such the wear and tear factor would be far higher than the 2 year upgrade cycle.

    Also, the screen size of the iphone is small enough that it probably doesn't reflect as much light as an ipad.
    It's harder to navigate a 9.7" screen away from a reflecting light source, than it is a 4.7". The 9.7" simply reflects more surface area. iPads need it more

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