iOS 17.1 Update Resolves iPhone Display Image Retention Problem

iOS 17.1 Fixes iPhone Display Image Retention Issue

Apple has released the iOS 17.1 update to address a significant issue affecting iPhone displays. Many users have reported experiencing image retention on their iPhone screens, where an image leaves a ghostly residue after being displayed for an extended period. This problem was particularly noticeable on devices with OLED screens, such as the iPhone X and later models.

The Image Retention Problem

Image retention occurs when a static image is displayed on the screen for an extended period. When the image is replaced with a new one, a faint ghost-like residue of the previous image remains visible. This issue is not to be confused with burn-in, which is a permanent discoloration of the screen caused by prolonged display of static elements.

The image retention problem can be particularly noticeable on devices with OLED screens due to the nature of OLED technology. Each individual pixel emits its own light, and when a pixel is continuously illuminated with the same color for an extended period, it can leave a residual charge that temporarily affects neighboring pixels.

iOS 17.1 Update

The iOS 17.1 update brings a fix specifically targeted at resolving the image retention issue on iPhone displays. Apple has implemented a new algorithm that periodically refreshes the screen to prevent the accumulation of residual charges on pixels.

With the update installed, the iPhone’s display will intermittently slightly adjust the brightness and color of individual pixels to prevent image retention. While this adjustment may be imperceptible to the user, it effectively eliminates the ghostly residue left by previously displayed images.

How to Update

To install the iOS 17.1 update on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to a stable Wi-Fi network.
  2. Go to the Settings app.
  3. Select „General.“
  4. Tap on „Software Update.“
  5. If an update is available, tap „Download and Install.“
  6. Enter your passcode if prompted.
  7. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  8. The update will begin downloading and be installed automatically. Your device may restart during the process.


iOS 17.1 brings relief to iPhone users experiencing image retention issues on their devices. The new update implements a screen-refreshing algorithm that prevents the accumulation of residual charges and eliminates the ghostly residue left by previously displayed images. If you have been bothered by image retention on your iPhone’s OLED screen, make sure to update to iOS 17.1 to experience the improvement firsthand.


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