According to The Elec, Apple has requested Samsung and LG to offer potential solutions for the upcoming iPhone 16 series in order to assess the need for upgrading the micro-lens technology utilised in the device’s screen.
The primary emphasis of this proposal centers around the architectural aspects of the OLED panel, with the intention of substituting it with a microlens array (MLA). The utilization of this technology has both advantages and disadvantages, prompting Apple to deliberate on its potential deployment.
The implementation of a standardized arrangement of numerous lenses within the panel enables the Multi-Lens Array (MLA) to effectively mitigate internal reflections. This, in turn, leads to a notable enhancement in screen brightness, accompanied by a reduction in screen power consumption and an extension of battery life.
Nevertheless, there exist two drawbacks associated with the implementation of MLA. The primary consequence seen by typical users is the reduction in the screen field of vision, resulting in a narrower visual perspective, as well as a diminished viewing angle when observing the screen from lateral positions. Another evident drawback is that the implementation of MLA would result in an escalation of production expenses.
Another factor contributing to the complexity is the disparity in materials developed by Samsung and LG. According to reports, both individuals fail to meet the established requirements set by Apple.
Apple is presently assessing the feasibility of implementing this OLED technology. If implemented, this measure should be incorporated into the iPhone 16 model, which is scheduled to be released around the latter half of the upcoming year.