Apple patent looks to solve problems inherent to OLED displays

Apple patent looks to solve problems inherent to OLED displays
Apple has yet to actually release a device that uses an OLED display, although the technology has been rumored to come to Apple's various mobile devices from time to time. But, just because the tech hasn't been in an Apple product doesn't mean that Apple hasn't been working on OLED displays. A new patent shows that Apple has been trying to solve some of the inherent problems with OLED.

According to the USPTO, Apple has created a way to help with the problem of OLED displays "aging" faster than LCD displays. While OLED displays have the benefits of thinner and lighter than LCD (something body-image obsessed Apple is always looking for), the light output can change over time. Apple's filing for "Organic light emitting diode having photodiodes" uses photosensors built into the display to detect these changes and compensate accordingly. 

Additionally, the multiple photosensors would be able to act as light meters for different areas of the display, so if the top part of your screen is in sunlight, but the lower is in shade, the display can adjust and change the brightness in different pixel groups in order to have the best display for different lighting conditions. 

All in all, it sounds like some pretty good ideas. Whether or not they make it into an actual device is another story. 


source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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43 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

How can they solve OLED displays, when they can't fix their own iwatch problem that suppose too have a OLED screen. Apples patent is getting ridiculous.

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Better yet: how can they solve OLED problems if they don't make OLED screens?

9. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

well they solved the 'bad reception' problem by just increasing the sensitivity of the 'signal bar' display... the average level is *still* 2, it now looks like 4 - so apple customers are happy.. :-~

16. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Don't confuse production with engineering. They don't mass produce OLED screens, but the math, chemical engineering and lab-scale prototyping required to prove out their design and theories is certainly within their ability.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

By understanding the technology, what weaknesses are in it, and having a way to remove said weaknesses...that's how.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Therefore i can patent faster than light space travel base on the theory i so painful thought off... in this diagram you can see... Just need to theorize than patent,

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple has the technology to do so, you don't.

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You are right! Let look at the stake holders. Goverment; Multi-millons dollars corporation; small time business and start up, See the big picture! Please use your thinking ability from time to time.

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As I said "apple has the technology to do so, you don't". Hit me up, when you patent "faster than life safe travel" fool...

43. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am only a fool for believing that Apple fans could be reasonable to simple truth that allowing big companies to pay government millons for dubious patent will do more harm than good in the long run. Anyway enjoy hating the 80% of the world that are now enjoying the most advance mobile experience in android.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's simple - he doesn't understand it.

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I understand that Apple likes too patent THEN SUE others. Then they say we invented OLED SCREENS.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude...shut up!

36. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

everyone knows it and agree whit it. APPLE doesn't WANT TOO COMPETE cause they are afraid too loose their CONSUMERS and any money. THEY PATENT and SUE companies. so WHY DON'T U STFU.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Whit should be "with". Too should be "to". Too loose should be "to lose". So should be capitalized, since it followed a period. FYI of course...

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

FYI, never start a sentence with "so" though.

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Your comments are so repetitive. "Apple gets _____ patent and will sue others!" I'm sure there's more words in your vocabulary other than Apple, patent, and sue.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I doubt it Smurf. +1

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 Mxy.

15. Tazer2365

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

How can you make a comment, if you can't use proper grammar? LOL

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LOL should've been followed by an exclamation point, since it came after a period and you used all capital letters.

2. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Better question is: with Samsung owning some 99% of the world's OLED production, why would Apple go that route? They seem to be doing well enough for themselves with LG displays.

31. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

So when Samsung ACTUALLY creates it, because face it, Apple hasn't innovated since 07, Apple will whip out the ban hammer claiming they did first in a drawn out, waste of time, expensive trial.

3. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

What about Sharp IGZO displays?

27. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I thought they were supposed to be in the 5s? At least thats what i heard for the rumors. I wish they would go in more phones...

5. Zeus.k unregistered

It's more than likely that this patent would exclusively be used against Samsung in court because Samsung owns majority of OLED R&D and production. That might or might not happen but apple has done this before. They have million patents which will never even go to R&D. Sure other companies do this too but they don't sue others. Pathetic.

6. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Then they said , Apple is just a fruit with no innovation .

7. Ronny666

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Yeah, we still say it til now..

11. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

BREAKING NEWS nobody cares for your s**t

13. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

And someone cares about yours?

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