iPad mini Bluish shadow at top of retina Mini screen (pic included)

justinf77

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Does anybody else have a bluish shadow at the very top of their retina Mini (along the side with the Facetime camera)? I haven't seen an iPad Air yet in person, but I'm wondering if this is similar to what the Air owners are calling the book-spine effect.

I took a picture so you can sort of see what I'm talking about. The picture isn't the best, but it shows just how much of a shadow I have on one side of the screen. In this picture, the shadow is on the left where the Facetime camera is and the Home button is on the right.

I also have mild yellowing on the home button side at the bottom of the iPad, but it's not as easy to see in this pic, although you can still tell.

When reading from left to right in landscape mode, the experience is:

dark bluish shadow -> bright white -> dimmer and yellowing

This is a Week 51 rMini, so definitely one of the later ones, which doesn't make me too optimistic about exchanging it for a new one.
 

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mrgossett

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I had an Air that I exchanged for my rMini that had a bit of the "bookspine" effect on the left side, which looked somewhat similar to what's in the photo. My rMini screen is beautiful and uniform from side to side with no discolored areas.
 

AdonisSMU

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I had an Air that I exchanged for my rMini that had a bit of the "bookspine" effect on the left side, which looked somewhat similar to what's in the photo. My rMini screen is beautiful and uniform from side to side with no discolored areas.
Its really the luck of the draw.
 

ventuss

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Here I am sad about my poor two colored screen and no more chances to replace it, when another person like you come and show me a much worse screen than mine.. OMG.. Do yourself a favor and return it while you can man.
 

Dlanod

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It's a complete joke. Air has yellowing left to right. Mini bottom to top. If you're really unlucky this is bottom left to top right, i.e. on the diagonal.

I thought I had a decent one at last until I started using landscape mode and nope, yellow left (home button) and white right. Man I'm so fed up with this and so wishing I'd kept my perfect iPad 4 and original Mini.

And I'm really starting to consider a wholescale move to Android where at least there is a choice of manufacturers. I've already gone to an LG G2 for my phone which is a truly excellent handset.
 

justinf77

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Here I am sad about my poor two colored screen and no more chances to replace it, when another person like you come and show me a much worse screen than mine.. OMG.. Do yourself a favor and return it while you can man.
I am going to exchange it at Best Buy next week and it will be my first exchange of an Apple product.

Why don't you have any more chances to replace it? Isn't it still under Apple's warranty?
 

justinf77

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Just updating this thread to say that I exchanged my rMini for a new one today, and my new one is great as far as I can tell. No shadow and no yellow tint at all. Very happy!
 

thelookingglass

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It's a complete joke. Air has yellowing left to right. Mini bottom to top. If you're really unlucky this is bottom left to top right, i.e. on the diagonal.

I thought I had a decent one at last until I started using landscape mode and nope, yellow left (home button) and white right. Man I'm so fed up with this and so wishing I'd kept my perfect iPad 4 and original Mini.

And I'm really starting to consider a wholescale move to Android where at least there is a choice of manufacturers. I've already gone to an LG G2 for my phone which is a truly excellent handset.
You'll find similar issues on Android devices. It's just that no other device on that side sells at the same scale as the iPad. So issues aren't publicized as much.
 

vgamedude

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You'll find similar issues on Android devices. It's just that no other device on that side sells at the same scale as the iPad. So issues aren't publicized as much.


You actually think the iPad airs issues are publicized? They aren't, no major tech sites or people I see have acknowledged this, even apple employees and "geniuses" don't.
 

macfacts

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You'll find similar issues on Android devices. It's just that no other device on that side sells at the same scale as the iPad. So issues aren't publicized as much.
Tell me how many ipad air/mini2 reviews you read that mentioned the display panel lottery, or the safari crashes or tab reloads?
 

brhume

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Just updating this thread to say that I exchanged my rMini for a new one today, and my new one is great as far as I can tell. No shadow and no yellow tint at all. Very happy!
Just curious, if you did the IR Marco test on it...

It seems that most of the "even white" displays (not all) have a "technical limitation" and have some Image Retention, but nearly not visible and not disturbing during normal use...

If you didn't did the test yet, don't do it... No need to search for a non-issue... :cool:
 

thelookingglass

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Just curious, if you did the IR Marco test on it...

It seems that most of the "even white" displays (not all) have a "technical limitation" and have some Image Retention, but nearly not visible and not disturbing during normal use...

If you didn't did the test yet, don't do it... No need to search for a non-issue... :cool:
Best advice ever. Do not run any tests if your screen looks fine to you.
 

justinf77

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Just curious, if you did the IR Marco test on it...

It seems that most of the "even white" displays (not all) have a "technical limitation" and have some Image Retention, but nearly not visible and not disturbing during normal use...

If you didn't did the test yet, don't do it... No need to search for a non-issue... :cool:
I didn't do the IR Marco test on it because I really don't care about image retention unless it affects my real world use. The only time I have the same image on the screen for a while is if I'm reading, which I've been doing a lot of on my new rMini. No image retention as far as I can see.

I'd be happy to do the test though if you want me to. It won't bother me in the slightest even if it does have IR.
 

brhume

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I didn't do the IR Marco test on it because I really don't care about image retention unless it affects my real world use. The only time I have the same image on the screen for a while is if I'm reading, which I've been doing a lot of on my new rMini. No image retention as far as I can see.

I'd be happy to do the test though if you want me to. It won't bother me in the slightest even if it does have IR.
No, don't do it. It was just in case you did... Technical curiosity... :)

My rMini has a beautiful screen like yours and I never noted any IR while reading or surfing...
 

Davidsr20

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It's because the led backlight is only on one end. My replacement has it slightly. Not much though. These are production tablets all will have it.
 

justinf77

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No, don't do it. It was just in case you did... Technical curiosity... :)

My rMini has a beautiful screen like yours and I never noted any IR while reading or surfing...
I went against your advice and did the test anyway :) I ran it for 7 minutes and surprisingly, there was no image retention.

Again, I wouldn't have cared either way with IR. I consider uneven tint to be much worse. Just ran the test out of technical curiosity.
 

justinf77

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It's because the led backlight is only on one end. My replacement has it slightly. Not much though. These are production tablets all will have it.
I do think you're correct about the culprit being the backlight. But there is clearly significant variation between units, and it's unfortunate that a large percentage of people seem to have considerable yellowing on the bottom portion of the screen. Hopefully Apple will sort out these production issues in time.
 

brhume

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I went against your advice and did the test anyway :) I ran it for 7 minutes and surprisingly, there was no image retention.

Again, I wouldn't have cared either way with IR. I consider uneven tint to be much worse. Just ran the test out of technical curiosity.
Thank you for the information :)
Indeed, yellow tint is a pain ! Always visible...

Could you give us the production week ?
You can use:

http://www.chipmunk.nl/klantenservice/applemodel.html

Thanx... :)
 
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stockscalper

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Seems that devices that use screens manufactured by LG are having this problem - last year's Nexus 7 and current Kindle Fire HDX are just a couple of notable ones.
 

brhume

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Seems that devices that use screens manufactured by LG are having this problem - last year's Nexus 7 and current Kindle Fire HDX are just a couple of notable ones.
Basically, it seems that the rMini use to type of screens:

Sharp: most (if not all) have some image retension, hardly visible in real life use, and otherwise very even backlight and colors. Colors are also more "vibrant" (close to the one of the iPad 3 or 4).

LG: suffer from the "yellowing", "blueish", and uneven color problem. Very variable from one rMini to another... Colors are a little more "muted".

Just my two cents...