appleincognito

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Search the App Store for "dead pixel" and download the tester. Put it on a red background and analyse the screen closely. You will find that your XS Max has at least 1 (but in most cases more than 1) dead pixels on the display (look extra closely because these screens have a huge pixel density). This started out with my first purchase of the XS Max but after purchasing an additional 9 phones I quickly have realised that this must be the case with all of them. It's a shame that Apple doesn't seem to have its OLED manufacturing up to scratch. Hopefully they get it right next year. I have returned all but one and I will keep it despite the dead pixels.
 

HOTBOBA

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The panels are made by Samsung. Mine is dead pixel free. Though I will agree that they have QC issues given the number of times I had to swap mine out.
 
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appleincognito

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The panels are made by Samsung. Mine is dead pixel free. Though I will agree that they have QC issues given the number of times I had to swap mine out.

I can absolutely guarantee you that yours has at least one dead pixel. 10 phones exhibiting the same behaviour is not coincidence, it's part of the manufacturing process.
 
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appleincognito

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Does not. I've checked.

If that's the case, congrats. You're incredibly lucky by my statistics .

Just to clarify, these pixels can't be seen form standard viewing distance, you have to look SUPER close!
 
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appleincognito

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Does it really matter then?

Yes! If my old 5S and $50 android phone are dead pixel free then Apple should strive for the same standard but it looks like QC has become less of a priority as time goes on. Especially given these panels are OLED there should be no dead pixels due to the technology!
 
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Relentless Power

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these pixels can't be seen form standard viewing distance, you have to look SUPER close!

But, who actually does this? Who puts their phone ‘super close’ to their face looking for dead pixels? I’m willing to believe the majority of iPhone Max’s manufactured is perfectly fine. It’s just there is a select few on sites like this that are overly pedantic looking for issues, that really aren’t issues.
 
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Ifti

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I cant see any dead pixels on mine.
However, Im not downloading an app and specially searching for any dead pixels either - it'll only bug me later down the line.
For my normal day-today usage I see no dead pixels and I'm happy to keep using it the way I am.
 
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Shanghaichica

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If that's the case, congrats. You're incredibly lucky by my statistics .

Just to clarify, these pixels can't be seen form standard viewing distance, you have to look SUPER close!
Have you tested a few hundred thousand Xs max phones? Apple have sold millions of these devices so you would need to test a lot to come to your conclusions.
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If that's the case, congrats. You're incredibly lucky by my statistics .

Just to clarify, these pixels can't be seen form standard viewing distance, you have to look SUPER close!
Have you tested a few hundred thousand Xs max phones? Apple have sold millions of these devices so you would need to test a lot to come to your conclusions.
 
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mjschabow

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I cant see any dead pixels on mine.
However, Im not downloading an app and specially searching for any dead pixels either - it'll only bug me later down the line.
For my normal day-today usage I see no dead pixels and I'm happy to keep using it the way I am.

Exactly. Not with the stress. If you can’t see it in every day use, no use in putting in effort to uncover a problem.
 
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netdudeuk

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If it looks ok, why run the test and then wind yourself up about it if you find one ?
 
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keysofanxiety

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If you're perched precariously on your toilet seat, craning your neck to take a peek at your neighbour's house through your small bathroom window, you'll eventually see something that will surprise you.

Similarly if you go out of your way to find problems with a device, you'll probably find them.

If you can't see a problem with normal use, then frankly there isn't a problem. But hey, don't let me stop your fun. Also remember to download a battery app and panic when its "health" drops from 100% to 99%, or God forbid, 98%. You'll have a great time worrying about that too.
 
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I7guy

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Yes! If my old 5S and $50 android phone are dead pixel free then Apple should strive for the same standard but it looks like QC has become less of a priority as time goes on. Especially given these panels are OLED there should be no dead pixels due to the technology!
This does t track. Anecdotally 10 maxes have dead pixels but one 5s and $50 android phone don’t?

Your point is Samsung has lousy qa?
 
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It's a shame that Apple doesn't seem to have its OLED manufacturing up to scratch. Hopefully they get it right next year. I have returned all but one and I will keep it despite the dead pixels.

To your credit, you did have defective iPhones and you rightfully exchanged them in my opinion. Even if a dead pixel would not really be a big deal. As you have probably established by now however, not all iPhones have dead pixels. Are you still planning on keeping yours?
 
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bigjnyc

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No dead pixels here, I looked carefully and closely.. then had my co-worker look... Then another co-worker came over with a magnifying glass and looked it over. Sorry your 10 phone out of Millions sold test is a little faulty.
 
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