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Apple makes a bunch of iPhones but only a select few use OLED displays, so make sure you know what’s what before buying!



Key Takeaways: Apple’s OLED and ProMotion OLED iPhone Displays

  • OLED Across the Board: Starting with the iPhone 12 series, all iPhones (except the SE models) feature OLED displays, offering vibrant colors and deep blacks across the lineup.
  • ProMotion for the Premium: Opting for an iPhone Pro or Pro Max model unlocks Apple’s ProMotion OLED technology, providing a smoother experience with a 120Hz refresh rate, as opposed to the standard OLED’s 60Hz or 90Hz in newer non-Pro models.
  • Visual Experience: ProMotion enhances scrolling, animations, and video content, making it particularly suitable for gaming and media consumption.
  • Cost Consideration: The advanced ProMotion technology comes with a higher price tag, exclusive to Apple’s Pro and Pro Max models.
  • List of iPhones with OLED: All models from iPhone X through iPhone 15 Pro Max, with ProMotion OLED starting from iPhone 13 Pro onwards.

Apple now uses OLED panels inside all of its modern iPhones. From the iPhone 12 series onwards, all iPhones – save for the SE models – use OLED displays.

But not all OLED displays are the same. If you pony up the extra cash for one of Apple’s iPhone Pro or Pro Max models, you’ll get access to Apple’s ProMotion OLED.

And the benefits of ProMotion displays on iPhone? Smoother scrolling and better-looking video content with 120Hz refresh rates. Apple’s standard models (the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, for instance) run OLED, but they lack ProMotion which means no 120Hz refresh rates. Instead, they’re stuck at 90Hz (like its 2013 or something).

iPhones With OLED Displays: A Complete List

iPhones With OLED vs iPhones With ProMotion OLED

iPhone ModelHas OLED DisplayHas ProMotion OLED Display
iPhone X✔️
iPhone XS✔️
iPhone 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✔️✔️
iPhone 15✔️
iPhone 15 Plus✔️
iPhone 15 Pro ✔️✔️
iPhone 15 Pro Max✔️✔️

ProMotion OLED

ProMotion OLED displays feature a high refresh rate of 120Hz, allowing the screen to update images 120 times per second.

This technology significantly enhances the smoothness of scrolling, animations, and overall responsiveness of the display, making it better for things like gaming, watching videos, and even scrolling around iOS.

Standard OLED

Standard OLED displays offer a refresh rate of 60Hz, which means the screen refreshes 60 times per second. While this refresh rate is sufficient for most daily tasks and provides good image quality and performance, it doesn’t deliver the same level of fluidity in motion as ProMotion OLED displays. And this is why it costs more and is currently exclusive to Apple’s Pro and Pro Max models

FeatureProMotion OLEDStandard OLED
Refresh Rate120Hz60Hz
BenefitsEnhanced smoothness in scrolling, animations, and responsivenessAdequate for most tasks with good image quality and performance

Things To Keep In Mind?

  • Battery Life: The higher refresh rate of ProMotion OLED displays can have an impact on battery life, as the increased refresh frequency requires more power compared to Standard OLED displays.
  • Cost: iPhones equipped with ProMotion OLED displays typically come at a higher cost than those with Standard OLED displays, reflecting the advanced technology and improved visual experience they offer.
  • Visual Perception: Not all users may notice the difference in refresh rates, especially if they do not frequently engage with gaming or content that benefits from higher motion fluidity.

OLED vs LCD: Which Is Better?

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Short answer: OLED is better than LCD. Here’s why:

OLED displays excel in direct sunlight primarily because of their high contrast ratio and pure black levels. Each pixel in an OLED display generates its own light, allowing for precise control over brightness and color.

This results in deeper blacks and more vibrant colors compared to TFT LCD displays, which rely on a backlight. The backlight in TFT LCDs can be washed out by direct sunlight, making them less visible.

The self-illuminating nature of OLED pixels means they can adjust more dynamically to bright conditions, maintaining clarity and visibility even under strong sunlight.

#1) iPhone X – The First (And Cheapest) OLED iPhone

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The iPhone X was Apple’s first OLED phone. It was also the first iPhone to ship without a Home button, it was replaced by FACE ID. The iPhone X was Apple’s first major design overhaul to its iPhone line-up since 2014’s iPhone 6.

The iPhone X, which is now Apple’s cheapest OLED phone, still serves up plenty of value for money in 2019. If you want that modern iPhone design, but don’t want to pay big bucks for it, the iPhone X could well be what you’ve been looking for.


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#2) iPhone XS/XS Max

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were Apple’s 2018 flagship phones. The ultra-popular iPhone XR joined them later and went on to be the #1 selling iPhone for the 2018/19 period. Why? It was cheap, it looked and functioned great, and it was available in a range of colors.

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The iPhone XS/XS Max picked up where Apple’s iPhone X left off, adding in a new processor, Apple’s A12 CPU, and updates to the camera and video. At the time the iPhone XS Max was the biggest phone Apple had ever produced. It set up a new “Pro” niche within the iPhone stable which will be a mainstay from now on.

Interested to see how the iPhone 12 compares to older iPhones? Check out our iPhone 12 vs iPhone XS – Is It Time To Upgrade?


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#3) iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max are Apple’s latest flagships. They pack in the company’s most recent and most powerful CPU, the A13, feature upgraded, large batteries for all-day usage, and some of the best cameras on the market right now.

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Both the Pro and Pro Max models feature a triple-lens camera on the rear and are considered by many to be the best overall cameras in the business right now – both for still photography and video. Google used to rule the roost with its Pixel cameras, but Apple’s closed the gap in 2019.

#4) The iPhone 12 Range

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup of iPhones launched on October 13. The iPhone 12 – which includes the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro – will get a release date on October 23.

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All the models in the iPhone 12 range feature OLED panels – even the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12, the two base-model options.

Apple also updated the entire range with 5G too, and its new A14 CPU. The iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro are the flagships. Both of these phones have had sizeable updates to their cameras: they both now have LIDAR sensors and vastly improved performance and optics.

The base model iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini both feature dual-lens cameras, meaning all of Apple’s modern (meaning latest) iPhones now run multi-sensor cameras. Previous generations, like the iPhone XR, missed out on dual-lens cameras.


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#5) iPhone 13 Range

Launched in 2021, Apple’s iPhone 13 range of iPhones is made up of the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. All of the models in this series come with OLED displays, 5G support, and an array of storage options, topping out at 1TB on the Pro models.

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iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone Pro Max Updates List

  • All of Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro models feature new 120Hz Super Retina XDR screens with improved brightness (up to 1000nits).
  • The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are available in the following colors: graphite, gold, silver, and a new light blue.
  • All three cameras have been updated inside the iPhone 13 Pro lineup; you have better low light performance, thanks to larger sensors, a wider aperture for the ultra-wide lens, and 3x zoom for the telephoto lens. Night Mode is now supported on all three lenses too.
  • The 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max now feature a new macro lens that’ll let you shoot objects from just 2cm away. All of Apple’s Pro models now feature sensor-shift optical image stabilization.
  • The Pro models also get Cinematic mode but will also benefit from Apple’s new ProRes technology. You can film in 4K up to 30fps with the iPhone 13 Pro models and, with ProRes, a higher quality video format, you can then edit in more detail after footage has been filmed.
  • All iPhone 13 Pro models get an extra tier of storage, 1TB – this is likely down to its use of ProRes.
  • Apple has improved the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro’s battery life; the iPhone 13 Pro will last 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max will last 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Check out our detailed iPhone 13 Pro Max Buyer’s Guide – it covers everything you need to know before you pull the trigger on one.

#6) iPhone 14 Range

The iPhone 14 series which includes the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max, again, all ship with OLED displays. Apple killed off the iPhone Mini in this series, following poor sales. The iPhone 13 Mini was replaced by the iPhone 14 Plus in 2022 – and I don’t think anyone will miss Apple’s smaller iPhone model.

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The iPhone 14 brings with it a host of updates, notably on the Pro models, although there are meaningful changes on both the entry-level and Pro versions. Check out the links below for more details on how the phones inside Apple’s iPhone 14 series compare:

The iPhone 14 is now available to order – check out all the latest deals here.

#7 iPhone 15 Range

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It should come as no surprise that the iPhone 15 series ALL have OLED displays. That includes the iPhone 15, the iPhone 15 Plus, the iPhone 15 Pro, and the iPhone 15 Pro Max. In addition to OLED dsiplays, the iPhone 15 series have a TON of feature enhancements, which you can see here.

iPhones That DON’T Have OLED Displays

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 8 Range
  • iPhone 7 Range
  • iPhone 6/6s Range
  • iPhone 5/5s Range
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 4/4s
  • iPhone 3G/S
  • iPhone 2G

Or, if you want a mega bargain, you can pick up older iPhone models for around 40-50% less than normal by getting a refurbished model.