About the Super Retina display on your iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max

Learn how to get the most out of the Super Retina display on your iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.

The Super Retina display in iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max was engineered by Apple to meet our incredibly high standards. We believe this is the best OLED display that has ever shipped in a smartphone while offering the best color accuracy in the industry. The Super Retina display has incredible contrast at a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio, high brightness, and a cinema standard wide color gamut. Together with the best system color management, colors are precisely calibrated at all times to deliver an optimal viewing experience.

High Dynamic Range

Super Retina also features High Dynamic Range (HDR), which supports a broad range of dark and light areas in photos and video. This allows you to see from deep true blacks to pure bright whites while retaining dramatic nuances in between. Photos look more vivid, and everything you watch in Dolby Vision or HDR10 is more stunning than ever.

OLED technology

The Super Retina display uses organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology. Super Retina includes further advancements over traditional OLED displays to enable an incredible viewing experience, for the first time rising to the standards of iPhone.

OLED technology delivers an incredibly high contrast ratio and high resolution. And with no backlight, OLED emits light through each pixel, allowing for a thinner display. The Super Retina display overcomes challenges with traditional OLED displays with its high brightness, wide color support, and has the best color accuracy in the industry.

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."

Get the most out of the Super Retina display

With the latest version of iOS, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max are specially designed to minimize the effects of long-term use and extend the viewing life of the Super Retina display. Here are some additional things you can do to get the most out of your Super Retina display:

  • Update your iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max to the latest version of iOS. When a new update is available, you'll see a prompt to update. You can also check for updates in Settings > General > Software Update.
  • Use Auto-Brightness to automatically adjust the brightness of your display based on the ambient light in your location. This setting is on by default. To check this setting, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations.
  • Set your iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max to turn off the display when you aren’t using it. Choosing a shorter time is recommended. To adjust this setting, go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto Lock.
  • Avoid displaying static images at maximum brightness for long periods of time. If you have an app that keeps your display on when you aren’t actively using your iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max, you can temporarily reduce the brightness level using Control Center.

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