Isn’t Apple like waiting for emerging technology to be good enough to meet the company’s strict standards? The company, according to a new report from a keen Apple analyst at TF International Securities Ming Chi KuoFinally, E Ink’s flexible color screens are tested for future foldable devices.
We will assume that these devices are foldable iPhones in the future and foldable iPads in the future. But why wait? Who doesn’t love a secondary screen on the back of iPhone 14Which we think will come in September or October of this year.
Before we dive into this, let’s take another look at the Kuo rumor, which we also reported on here.
Apple is testing the E Ink Electronic Paper Display (EPD) for the foldable device cover screen and tablet-like applications. Colored EPD has the potential to become a mainstream solution for foldable devices that must have a second cover/screen thanks to its excellent energy savings.May 17 2022
Color electronic ink screens, which operate from reflective light, as opposed to backlighting, are not new. Companies like Qualcomm have been showing them off for over a decade. But It’s only recently They have achieved color, refresh and battery life standards that might make them a viable alternative to, for example, the flexible OLED screens that most foldable device manufacturers prefer.
Yes, it makes perfect sense for the external structure of some floppy iPhone or iPad, but it can also be a game-changer on the iPhone 14 (or iPhone 15).
I understand how carefully Apple protects the IP address of the design; The iconic Apple logo has been dead center on the back of nearly every iPhone sinceIsa“The device of the year 2007. Nothing can come between Apple and the iPhone and that motto.
But if you have an iPhone, take a look at the back. There are two solid inches (or more if you have an extension iPhone 13 Pro Max) between the base of the logo and the bottom edge of the iPhone.
The E Ink color screen fits right in there – and if you thought this was a fantasy ride, it actually is been done beforeAnd on a larger scale.
Normally, a second screen, even an OLED one, can consume a lot of your precious battery life (yes, I know Samsung Z Flip 3 It also has a small secondary Super-AMOLED display on the back). However, there are a number of reasons why the new E Ink color display works perfectly on iPhone 14.
First, it’s reflective technology, which means you can see everything on it in a jiffy, without even waking up the phone. I often keep my iPhone on the table next to me, and many people do the same. With this second screen, you can take a quick look at the notification and see a notification, or even – because it’s colorful – a photo someone just shared with you.
Second, the Color E Ink is more energy efficient than LCD and even OLED displays. Instead of constantly updating to keep an image on the screen, it can show it, and the e-ink will hold it until you touch the screen and open a different view. Also, the latest E Ink display works in black and white. In theory, an iPhone 14 owner could choose to run the external display in B&W mode to save more power.
There will be clear boundaries. E-ink still beats 300ppi, while the current iPhone 13 The Super XDR Retina display has a capacity of 460 pixels per inch. And refresh rates are poor compared to OLED and LCD screens. You’ll work with messages, still photos, and alerts, but don’t forget about videos and games.
There’s no indication that Apple is testing color E ink for the purpose of bringing a secondary screen to the iPhone 14 – but wouldn’t it be great if they did?