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Quality of iPhone and Other Smartphone LCD Screen

Apple as a company has always fascinated the world. It does a lot of things like computers, smartphones, laptops, accessories and more. However, it depends on iPhones for their great financial success. Unlike Android, the iOS ecosystem seems a bit closed and esoteric to developers and consumers. However, iPhones have huge mass appeal and are very popular around the world. When it comes to the design, development, marketing, etc. of mobile apps for iPhone, the specifications, guidelines, etc. specific to Apple and its products must be followed. Today we are here to help you cover one aspect of it. We’ve put together a guide to screen sizes and resolutions for iPhones. This information can help you make better design, development and marketing decisions. So let’s get started!



Resolution of  Smartphone Screens

The display resolution is the number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed on the screen. The standard display resolution sizes include:

  • High Definition (HD): 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Full HD (FHD): 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 2K or Quad HD (QHD): 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 4K or Ultra HD: 3840 x 2160 pixels

Evolution of screen sizes in Apple iPhones

Based on screen size, iPhones can be grouped into the following segments:

  • 3.5 inches: iPhone 4S (2011), iPhone 4 (2010), iPhone 3GS (2009), iPhone 3G (2008), iPhone 2G (2007)
  • 4 inches: iPhone SE (2016), iPhone 5S (2013), iPhone 5C (2013), iPhone 5 (2012)
  • 4.7 inches: iPhone 8 (2017), iPhone 7 (2016), iPhone 6S (2015), iPhone 6+ (2014), iPhone 6 (2014)
  • 5.4 inches: iPhone 13 Mini (2021), iPhone 12 Mini (2020)
  • 5.5 inches: iPhone 8+ (2017), iPhone 7+ (2016), iPhone 6S+ (2015)
  • 5.8 inches: iPhone 11 Pro (2019), iPhone XS (2018), iPhone X (2017)
  • 6.06 inches: iPhone 13 (2021), iPhone 13 Pro (2021)
  • 6.1 inches: iPhone 12 Pro (2020), iPhone 12 (2020), iPhone 11 (2019), iPhone XR (2018)
  • 6.5 inches: iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019), iPhone XS Max (2018)
  • 6.68 inches: iPhone 13 Pro Max (2021)
  • 6.7 inches: iPhone 12 Pro Max (2020)
  • 6.7 inches: iPhone 13 Pro Max (2021)
  • 6.7 inches: iPhone 14 Pro Max (2022)

Classification of iPhones screen quality based on resolution

Apart from screen size, iPhones can also be classified based on the physical resolution. This includes the following groups of devices that are still active:

  • 2340 x 1080 pixels: iPhone 13 Mini (2021), iPhone 12 mini (2020), iPhone 12 mini (2020)
  • 2532 x 1170 pixels: iPhone 13 (2021), iPhone 13 Pro (2021), iPhone 12 pro (2020), iPhone 12 (2020)
  • 2778 x 1284 pixels: iPhone 13 Pro Max (2021), iPhone 12 pro max (2020)
  • 2688 x 1242 pixels: iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019), iPhone XS Max (2018)
  • 2436 x 1125 pixels: iPhone 11 Pro (2019), iPhone XS (2018)
  • 1792 x 828 pixels: iPhone 11 (2019), iPhone XR (2018)

It is normally thought that all screen are same when it comes to iPhone screen replacement. Same is for other devices like iPad 6, iPad 7, iPad 8, iPad 9, Tablets and laptops. In reality there are huge variation in screen quality especially with ever emerging new technology in electronics.

Incell New quality of screen for iPhones


For aftermarket LCD screens ‘on-cell’ screen technology is utilized, however, the screen of any device is made of an LCD screen along with a digitizer on top of it. That was the case with iPads and iPhone 3 series by Apple.  Where the information entered is displayed on the LCD and the digitizer converts your motion into actions. Recently a new technology has emerged on the market. It is called ‘in-cell screen technology’ which combines the LCD and the digitizer into on unit.

In-cell screens are also called ‘premium copy screens’. These are true copies of the original screens, in which the digitizer, or touch function, is incorporated in the LCD. This technology is excellent for iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone 12 pro max and other latest models. This same technology is also used with OEM or original screens. The digitizer and the LCD are therefore not separate components which are glued together, as is the case with ‘on-cell’ displays. If you’d like to find out more about the other qualities available, see our qualities store.

Structure of iPhone screen


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