According to Korean media The Elec, Apple is asking Samsung and LG to provide solutions for next year’s iPhone 16 series to evaluate and measure whether it is necessary to upgrade the micro-lens for the screen.
Note: The focus of this solution is on the OLED screen architecture, and it is planned to replace it with a microlens array (MLA). This technology has advantages and disadvantages, and Apple is considering whether to deploy it.
MLA can significantly reduce internal reflections by using a uniform pattern of billions of lenses within the panel, which can further increase screen brightness while reducing screen power consumption and extending battery life.
But there are two disadvantages to deploying MLA. For ordinary consumers, the biggest impact is that the field of view of the screen is narrowed and the viewing angle from the side is reduced. Another obvious disadvantage is that deploying MLA increases manufacturing costs.
Another complicating factor is the difference in materials developed by Samsung and LG, with neither reportedly meeting Apple’s standards.
Apple is currently evaluating whether to deploy this OLED solution. If adopted, it should be applied to the iPhone 16 models launched in the second half of next year.