iPod Backlight Color Differences

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    i wonder if anyone can explain this. i have a 15GB ipod, and my roommate has a 10GB (3rd gen) ipod. he bought his first, in june or so, and i just got mine this month. exactly the same of course, but his backlight is a blueish color (like on the pictures apple has on their site and on the ipod box) while mine is a white-ish color, no where near blue. i've attached a picture. maybe someone could explain this? when he got his 10GB, it would have been the time that the 10GB 15GB and 30GB models were out, so really ours should be the same. i wonder if this is because apple changed vendors for their screen, or if i just got a bad one.
     

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    if you didnt pick this up by how i described it, the one on the left is my 15GB and on the right is my roommate's 10GB ipod. another thing i thought of is that he bought his in Massachusetts, and i bought mine here in florida.
     
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    applemacdude

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    I just heard this but if you press a button(dont know which one) for a amount of time it sets off the backlit screen
     
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    mmmdreg

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    Now that was completely unrelated.
    If it gives you any comfort, my 30gig is white as well so you aren't the only one. Actually, I think his blue one is the dodgy one.
     
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    Mine is a 1st gen 10GB iPod and the backlight is white. So I agree mmmdreg that the blue one is dodgy.
     
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    i have the 15GB one too and the backlight looks the same as yours
    would be kinda neat if it would be bluish
     
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    oh...i thought that one had backlit on a another off....i wouldnt know though couse i dont have an ipod </:)
     
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    If the backlight were off, you wouldn't be able to see it in the dark.

    Also, this issue was brought up when they first came out, and has been brought up many times since then. No one knows for sure the reason, but they both work the same, so it's not a big deal.
     
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    I purchased a 30 gig iPod in June, and (like yours) it had the white backlight. No matter how I squinted, it never appeared blue like in the box artwork.

    However, I recently sent it in for service, as it seemed that the hard drive was failing. Apple promptly sent me a brand-new 30 gig iPod, and what do you know-- the backlight is clearly blue, like your roommate's. My guess is that they switched vendors somewhere late in the supply chain.

    Also of note is that the new iPod I received has software 2.0.2 on it, rather than version 2.0.1 which is available to the public.

    Hope that sheds some light on the subject!

    --Matt
     
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    my 15 gig (bought late june) is blue
     
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    Laslo Panaflex

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    My 15 gig is white, bought it the day my local best buy got them in.
     
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    More likely than the theory that they switched vendors is that they've had two vendors since the beginning, since neither could meet the demand for the amount Apple needed.
     
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    My 15 gb used to be blue and then i left it in my hot car and it's been white since.
     
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    thanks for all of the info, and the, um, very humorous responses. lol. glad to know neither of our ipods are really messed up.
     
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    I recently sold my 30gb for the 40. the 30 was white where as the 40 is on the blue end of the spectrum. I always wondered why the box art had the blue tink when I bought the 30gb. I guess the various lcd vendors have different manufacturing processes. It's a shame too because the blue tint definitely give it an additional Wow factor!
     
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    i'm willing to bet they switched vendors because the new ones are cheaper, they certainly look cheaper... as long as apple can keep a profit margin on the ipods, they're riding a wave of cash...

    pnw
     
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    Ok, they DID NOT change vendors part way through. They use more than one vendor at the same time.
     
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    ZildjianKX

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    I've had a 30 gig, a 2 40 gigs. All have been blue, but the screen quality of the 40 gig seems higher since its not "warbly" on the left side.
     
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    I have the 40 GB and Mine is Blue. All the ones I've used at the 4 Apple Stores I've been to since the 3Gs came out have been blue, and any one I know has a blue one. However, speeking with an Apple Store Sales man, he said the difference is that the same screen is being made by two different companies. One has a backlight that has a redish tint, like normal car headlights, and another is quite blue, like the super bright car headlights, they are both white, they are just at different color temperatures.

    Its kind of how when you move the white point in OSX, how OSX can be sepia or ultra bright, its just color, as long as it works, its no big deal.

    TEG
     
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    My friend got a 15GB in May, which has a white backlight.

    My sister bought a 15GB refurb just recently, which has a blue backlight.

    I think that they probably just use two vendors.
     

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