iPhone Screens are LCD or OLED?

All iPhones from the iPhone 12 and beyond, including the Pro models within the iPhone 11 series, now come with OLED displays. Here's a complete list of the iPhones that have OLED displays.


iPhone X
iPhone XS/XS Max
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone 12
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 13
iPhone 13 Mini
iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 14
iPhone 14 Plus
iPhone 14 Pro
iPhone 14 Pro Max


It is important to note that OLED displays are commonly found in flagship iPhone models, while LCD displays are often utilized in older models from iPhone 5 series to iPhone 8 series, and more budget-friendly options like the iPhone SE and iPhone XR. So what are the differences between OLED and LCD screens? This table below summarizes and categorizes their differences:

Image Quality OLED displays offer deeper blacks and vibrant colors with high contrast ratios. Each pixel can emit its own light, providing better black levels and more vivid visuals. LCD displays provide good color reproduction and sharpness, but they can't achieve the same deep blacks and contrast as OLED.
Viewing Angles OLED displays have excellent viewing angles with consistent color accuracy from different angles. LCD displays may experience color shifts and loss of contrast when viewed from extreme angles.
Refresh Rate OLED displays generally have higher refresh rates, resulting in smoother scrolling and better responsiveness. LCD displays typically have lower refresh rates, which can lead to motion blur in fast-moving content.
Energy Efficiency OLED displays are more power-efficient as they can individually turn off pixels to display true blacks, saving battery life. LCD displays require a backlight to illuminate the screen, which consumes more power.
Screen Burn-in OLED displays are susceptible to screen burn-in, where persistent images can leave permanent marks on the screen. LCD displays are not prone to screen burn-in.
Availability OLED displays are typically found in flagship iPhone models, such as the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro. LCD displays are commonly used in lower-priced iPhone models, such as the iPhone SE and iPhone XR.
Price OLED displays are generally more expensive to produce, resulting in higher device costs. LCD displays are more affordable and contribute to lower device prices.


Ultimately, the choice between OLED and LCD depends on individual preferences and budget considerations. OLED displays offer superior image quality, deeper blacks, and better energy efficiency, making them ideal for users who prioritize visual performance. However, LCD displays can still provide good color reproduction and are often found in more affordable iPhone models.

If you are considering fixing your iPhone with an aftermarket screen replacement, it's essential to do thorough research and choose a reputable supplier that provides high-quality components. The quality of screen replacements for iPhone can vary significantly. Kudotrade provides a range of iPhone screen replacement, and it's recommended to consult with a professional technician or supplier for guidance based on your specific needs and circumstances.

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