Apple may use an MLCD+ display, a new type of display found in the LG G7 ThinQ, for its rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.
Apple is expected to launch three new iPhones in September, two of which will have OLED displays and a third, more affordable model with an LCD screen. A new report from Business Korea has now said the LCD display used in the budget model may in fact be an MLCD+ panel, the very same one used in the LG G7 ThinQ.
Unlike traditional LCD displays, in which each pixel has three subpixels — red, green, and blue — that are all lit together to display white, the MLCD+ has a fourth pixel dedicated to white. This allows the display to get significantly brighter than other LCDs.
The screen on the LG G7 for example can reach a peak brightness of 1,000 nits, far greater than the 804 nits peak brightness of the current iPhone X‘s OLED display. While the MLCD+ panel in the G7 can reach 1,000 nits, it’s only when a boost setting is activated, otherwise it runs at 800 nits by default.
“Its color reproduction rate is 100% on the DCI-P3 basis which expresses delicate colors close to nature even on bright screens,” explains Business Korea. “At the same brightness, the G7 ThinQ consumes 30% less power compared to the previous G6 model loaded with an LCD display.”
The other advantage of using an MLCD+ panel is that it uses less power than regular LCD, something that may delight current iPhone owners who feel battery life isn’t always as good as it could be. MLCD+ panels can also display 100 percent of the DCI-P3 colour gamut, which means the budget iPhone will have improved colour accuracy.
If Apple’s LCD iPhone can not only offer a design similar to the iPhone X, but also a display which goes a long way toward the performance offered by OLED, it would be very well-positioned to encourage upgrades from those unable or unwilling to lay out the cash for the flagship models.