Some iPhone 15 owners just can’t seem to catch a break.
New reports are coming out detailing another bug iPhone 15 users are facing: home screen apps being burned into the screen of some user devices.
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me more first reported the issue after noticing a series of complaints about burn-in effects on the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s OLED display Reddit and Apple’s own community support Forums. Several users also took to social media in the weeks following the iPhone 15 launch on September 22nd share Photos of the burn-in issue affecting your devices.
The photos show clear outlines and faded images of homescreen apps, dock apps, the keyboard, lock screen time, and other elements lingering on the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s display.
It’s unclear what exactly is causing the problem and why only the iPhone 15 Pro Max models appear to be affected. As iMore mentions, OLED screens are prone to burn-in. However, over the years, tech companies have found ways to curb the problem to the point where it is largely no longer a factor.
As TV maker LG notes on its OLED burn-in websites, “burn-in in most televisions is a result of displaying static images or screen elements continuously on the screen for many hours or days – with brightness typically at peak levels .
What could be causing this burn-in problem?
It seems possible that the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s ultra-bright screen, which can reach more than 2000 nits, is causing the problem for some. As others have pointed out, the overheating issue on some iPhone 15 Pro devices may also be a factor.
Another Apple news outlet, Apple Insider, reports that based on data collected since 2015, it does not appear that the iPhone 15’s OLED display burn-in issue is any worse than in previous years. As the outlet points out, that doesn’t mean this isn’t the case, just that it doesn’t just occur on the latest Apple device.
However, for early adopters of the iPhone 15, this appears to be just another potential bug in a series of bugs worsening problems with the new handset. Since its launch less than a month ago, users have reported concerns about the aforementioned overheating issue. The problem was so widespread that Apple released quickly an iOS update to mitigate overheating issues and fix potential iOS 17 bugs that could increase the phone’s temperature.
If you are experiencing a screen burnt issue with your iPhone 15, contact Apple Support or reserve a Genius Bar reservation at your local Apple Store. While the problem is certainly inconvenient, users who have experienced this problem have reported that Apple is replacing devices with a burned-in display with a brand new iPhone 15.