Backlight Bleed and Uniformity Issues with the iPad 3

earthforge

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Read about a number of users with display issues, either backlight bleeding, or some kind of tint. Unfortunately I have BOTH !!

1. Red Tint
As you can see, there is a reddish patch on the top left and a little less pronounce red patch in the bottom right.

2. Backlight Bleed
Left edges and left bottom.

I went through a couple of iPad 2s with the backlight bleed issue and ended up just returning the last one in frustration and in hope I wait it out and wait for for the iPad 3. Never had such issue with the iPad 1. THis is really quite disappointing.

Picture attached. Any others with similar issues (the red tint seem to be less prevalent as compared to the yellow tint)?

Debating on whether I should have it exchanged. Fear of getting another dud. Any feedback?
 

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bruinsrme

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What are you doing to the iPad to even be able to see those issues.
you can block off the camera and take an empty picture.

then turn up the brightness

view the picture in a darkened room

evaluate

snap a picture and post it here
 

earthforge

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What are you doing to the iPad to even be able to see those issues.
Nothing special, just get a black image. Open it up with Photos. Then take a photo in a darkened room. If there is an issue with your display, should be fairly evident.
 

powerslave12r

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This is mine, what do you guys think?

Black photo in a completely dark room.

100% black.



75% black.



100% white


Interesting.
 

Jason S.

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I have the same problem, but it doesn't appear to be as bad. (Ignore the lines running down the screen; it's from my iPhone's camera.)

I actually can notice it during regular use. It makes the on-screen keyboard look as if half of it is a different color. On webpages, it is annoying as well.

I also have a yellow gradient running down the left side, which I believe is due to some bleeding. But the red is what bothers me the most. Really kills the experience for me.

The fact that this red tint is originating from the same place on both our iPads, and some others that I saw posted on the forum, makes me wonder what exactly could be causing it. What is in that corner of the iPad that emits such a harsh red tint? I don't know. But I hope the replacement that Apple is sending me is much better.
 

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It'sMyPrecious

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Mine is like this (100% brightness, black image on screen, photo taken with my iPhone 4s):



What do you guys think? I'm new to iPads and this is my first iPad...I opened it only two hours ago so I haven't had a whole lot of time to play with it.
 

EarlZ

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Mar 14, 2012
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What are you doing to the iPad to even be able to see those issues.
you can block off the camera and take an empty picture.

then turn up the brightness

view the picture in a darkened room

evaluate

snap a picture and post it here
I think what he means is that under what use would you do to be able to see those issues.

From what I can tell with your images, the backlight bleed is pretty bad and its gonna be pretty obvious if you watch a lot of movies in letterbox format and the top right corner will show in whatever you will do, which includes opening websites with white content.
 

bruinsrme

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I think what he means is that under what use would you do to be able to see those issues.

From what I can tell with your images, the backlight bleed is pretty bad and its gonna be pretty obvious if you watch a lot of movies in letterbox format and the top right corner will show in whatever you will do, which includes opening websites with white content.
ahhhhh, not the first time I have been off on another tangent.

thank you for steering back on course.
 

thekev

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so how often do you guys use it on 100% brightness in a closet? :D
I hate to say this but it's a somewhat logical means of testing. It's like when you stress test a computer. The computer won't be running that hard day to day (most likely), but it is a way of searching for potential defects.

All backlights have a half life meaning that later in its life, you would need to run it at a higher brightness setting than early on. Sometimes underlying issues become more prevalent as it ages, but it depends on the display. I have no idea with the ipad. I like the device, but I didn't have enough use for one, and I don't like buying things that I'm unlikely to use.
 

swampystorm

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Aug 12, 2008
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I have a similar red tint in the top left corner.

Turn your iPad so it is with the charging port nearest your face and you are looking under the glass where the iSight and face time cameras are.

On my iPad I can see a white light shining through what looks like should be a seal.

Can you guys see this too? Could be causing the tint??
 

danielxute

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If thats the only problem yours has i would keep it. I already have one with a dent, one with a bunch of dust, one with a bunch of dead pixels, then I got one with this same problem but it had a non-yellow screen, returned that and the one I have now is yellow and has a dead pixel. I might just give up. Wish I kept the one with just light bleed though.
 

iphone1105

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I got my iPad so I can sit in a dark room staring at light bleed. It's the hip thing to do.;)

Just return it, exchange, simple enough. Most of all enjoy it, don't sit in dark rooms with it.
 

Fliesen

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oh god, it's these posts again?

i thought unnecessarily turning up the brightness in a pitch black room (where you'd only need around 40%) looking at an entirely black screen (which you never would) with no movement whatsoever (which would be something you'd actually be looking at, distracting you from the screen edges) was so 2011 :/

plenty of iPads have light bleed, some more, some less. Irrelevant during normal usage. But then again, ... i'm not a "black static image in pitch black darkness" connaisseur. :(

heres some of my pics i took with my 4s last night this is my second ipad already both has the bleeding tell me you guys think
don't take pictures of it, USE it ...
also, your carpet has nasty red tint, maybe go get that exchanged too.
 

TroyBoy30

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I hate to say this but it's a somewhat logical means of testing. It's like when you stress test a computer. The computer won't be running that hard day to day (most likely), but it is a way of searching for potential defects.

All backlights have a half life meaning that later in its life, you would need to run it at a higher brightness setting than early on. Sometimes underlying issues become more prevalent as it ages, but it depends on the display. I have no idea with the ipad. I like the device, but I didn't have enough use for one, and I don't like buying things that I'm unlikely to use.
ive never stress tested a pc either and ive worked in IT for 30 years! :D
 

thekev

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ive never stress tested a pc either and ive worked in IT for 30 years! :D
You still got my point though. Issues can pop up with displays over time, so I don't entirely blame them for being picky when they first get it. Displays in general though just aren't 100% consistent. I've looked at so many of them, and they all have their issues. It's just a matter of how pronounced. Also the guys that are testing their displays in dark rooms probably thought they saw something initially, then wished to verify it without the possibility of contamination from ambient lighting.
 

bawbac

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If thats the only problem yours has i would keep it. I already have one with a dent, one with a bunch of dust, one with a bunch of dead pixels, then I got one with this same problem but it had a non-yellow screen, returned that and the one I have now is yellow and has a dead pixel. I might just give up. Wish I kept the one with just light bleed though.
Just wait about 5 days and do another exchange or return it and wait for the next batch.
Don't lower your standards or expectations because some are saying these issues are acceptable.

For a $500+ premium device, I would expect nothing less than something that meets your standards, not below them.
 

bawbac

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Just to throw this out here, what if somebody get's a Personalised Engraving done from apple and once receiving there ipad, find out they got hit with the bleeding back light , dead pixel , or any other plague, will they be able to swap it for a new one??

cheers.
Yes.
If it's defective, they have to replace it.