iPhone 16 Pro Models to Adopt 'M14' Advanced Samsung OLED Panels for Improved Brightness and Lifespan

The upcoming iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will be the first Apple smartphones to adopt Samsung's high performance "M14" OLED display panel, claims a new report coming out of South Korea.

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According to ETNews, Samsung's "M" series of OLED panels are made for flagship smartphones, while "14" refers to the number of high-performance materials used to produce them. "M14" is the first series of its kind, and the panel is said to have been developed to deliver superior brightness and longevity.

Samsung has reportedly placed orders for the M14 materials and is preparing to mass produce the displays in the second half of the year for Apple's iPhone 16 Pro models. Google's Pixel 9 smartphone is the only other device that is expected to adopt the high-performance displays in 2024.

A previous report out of China claimed that this year's ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ models will feature up to 1,200 nits of typical SDR brightness – a 20% increase over the current models – so Samsung's new panel could be the reason for the expected improvement. That said, peak HDR brightness is expected to remain at 1,600 nits, the same as the current iPhone 15 Pro Display.

Another rumor last year suggested that all iPhone 16 models will adopt new micro-lens OLED display technology for improved brightness and reduced power consumption, although it's not clear if this is related to M14 panels specifically.

The iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will have larger display sizes than the iPhone 15 Pro models, according to multiple sources. The iPhone 16 Pro will have a display that's 6.27 inches in size (rounded to 6.3), while the iPhone 16 Pro Max is expected to have a display that's 6.85 inches in size (rounded to 6.9).

Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 16 series in the fall, or around mid-September going on previous years.

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cloudyo Avatar
2 weeks ago
The specs don’t help much in the summer when the sun is out and the display is dimming heavily because of heat.

If the displays would actually reach even just a 1000 nits for a sustained period of time in the summer, I would be happy.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
daneoni Avatar
2 weeks ago
Fixing PWM dimming would be the update that matters to me above all. I don't really get along with Apple OLED screens.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacGizmo Avatar
2 weeks ago

The specs don’t help much in the summer when the sun is out and the display is dimming heavily because of heat.

If the displays would actually reach even just a 1000 nits for a sustained period of time in the summer, I would be happy.
Living in Arizona, trying to use my iPhone 12 Pro outside in the summer is pointless. If you can read the display at all, the phone is overheating the second the screen goes active, throttling it to the point that it's unusable.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adrianjagielak Avatar
2 weeks ago
Damn, they’ve just released the M4
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Populus Avatar
2 weeks ago
Hopefully this new panel will be better for our eyes!
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kerplunknet Avatar
2 weeks ago
The ONLY thing I care about with new display technology is that they do not use PWM (flickering). There was a time where all displays were truly flicker-free and over the past 7 years they have reversed course on that just to save a tiny bit of energy. The trade off is absolutely not worth it. I really hope this new OLED display does not use PWM. Fingers crossed.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)