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The iPhone 14 should have a colour E Ink display because you would adore it

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It makes perfect sense to have a secondary colour E Ink display.

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Isn’t it typical of Apple to wait for a new technology to improve to the point where it meets the company’s high standards? According to a fresh report from TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the business is finally testing flexible colour E Ink displays for future foldable devices.

We’ll take it for granted that these are future folding iPhones and iPads. Why wait, though? Who wouldn’t want a secondary screen on the back of the iPhone 14, which is expected to be released in September or October this year?

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Before we get into this, let’s revisit Kuo’s rumour, which we previously covered here.

Color electronic ink displays that use reflecting light rather than backlighting are not a new concept. For more than a decade, companies like Qualcomm have been demonstrating them. However, they’ve just lately attained colour, refresh, and battery-life criteria that might make them a viable alternative to, say, flexible OLED panels used by most folding-device manufacturers.

Yes, they’d look great on the outside of a flexi-iPhone or iPad, but they may be a game-changer on the iPhone 14. (or iPhone 15).

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I understand how protective Apple is about its design IP; since the ‘Jesus’ handset in 2007, the famous Apple logo has sat dead centre on the back of practically every iPhone. Nothing can stand between Apple and the iPhone.

Take a look at the rear of an iPhone if you have one. Between the bottom border of the iPhone and the base of the logo is a whole two inches (or more if you have an iPhone 13 Pro Max).

A colour E Ink display would look great there, and if you think this is a pipe dream, think again: it’s been done before, and on a far larger size.

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A second screen, even an OLED one, would normally suck up too much battery life (yes, I am aware that Samsung’s Z Flip 3 has a small secondary super-AMOLED screen on its back). However, there are several reasons why the iPhone 14’s new E Ink colour screen would be ideal.

A different display

To begin with, it has reflective technology, which allows you to view everything on it at a glance without having to wake the phone. Many people, like me, keep our iPhones face-down on the table beside us. You could peek over to this second display to see a notification or – because it’s colour – a photo someone just shared with you.

Second, colour E Ink consumes less energy than LCD and even OLED. It can show an image and the E Ink will hold it until you touch the screen and open a different view, rather than constantly updating to keep it on the display. E Ink’s newest display is also available in colour and black and white. An iPhone 14 user could theoretically

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There would be clear boundaries. The newest iPhone 13 Super XDR Retina display has 460ppi, whereas E Ink is still limited to 300ppi. In comparison to OLED and LCD, its refresh rates are poor. Messages, still photos, and notifications will work, but video and games will not.

There’s no sign that Apple is experimenting with colour E Ink to add a secondary display to the iPhone 14 – but wouldn’t it be fantastic if they did?

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