The upcoming iOS 17.1 update fixes the “burned-in” OLED screen issue on the iPhone 15, but it doesn’t fix another unpleasant bug that many Apple smartphone owners have encountered.
In the description of the iOS 17.1 beta version, RC notes that the update fixes fixes “An issue that could lead to image retention on the display”. The new version of the operating system is not yet available to the general public. However, those who have installed the iOS 17.1 RC beta report that it resolves the burn-in issue. An example was shared by one of the Reddit users who posted photos of the screen of an Apple smartphone before and after installing the update.
OLED screens are actually prone to burn-in. But the problem usually doesn’t appear immediately. For an OLED screen to burn out at any point, the screen requires hundreds of hours of operation in static mode at maximum brightness. New Apple smartphones are unlikely to have reached this state in such a short time. All of this led us to believe that the problem of “burnout” was due to software, not hardware. According to MacRumors, it’s not just the iPhone 15 Pro Max whose screens are burning out. Owners of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro smartphones are complaining about a similar problem online.
Most OLED screens, including those in smartphones, use special software to prevent screen burn-in. The screens in Apple smartphones are no exception. The company points this out in the description of its Retina displays “Uses special algorithms that track individual pixel performance for calibration data. iPhone uses this data to automatically adjust the brightness of the display pixel by pixel, reducing visual burn-in and ensuring consistent image quality.”.
According to third-party experts, the ability to fix this problem using software may mean that it was not an actual display burn-in, but rather errors in the anti-burn-in algorithm that lead to image burn-in on the device’s screen led. Apple has not yet commented on what exactly caused the screens of its smartphones to “burn out”.
In the iOS 17.1 RC update, the company also fixed occasional keyboard responsiveness degradation, display of caller names in a foreign language, and disappearance of custom ringtones for setting a notification tone. At the same time, the new version of the software does not mention the problem of spontaneous shutdown of iPhone smartphones, which owners of these devices around the world have recently faced. Please note that spontaneously shutting down the device will, among other things, reset the settings of alarms and notifications.