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

Discussion in 'iPad' started by justinf77, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. justinf77, Jan 9, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2014

    justinf77 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2003
    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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  2. mrgossett macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2008
    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.
  3. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Its really the luck of the draw.
  4. Supra Mac macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2012
    Yup, I had to draw 4 times to get one without yellowing near the bottom. Odds are better now then at launch.
  5. ventuss macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    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.
  6. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    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.
  7. justinf77 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2003
    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?
  8. eggersj macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2008
    I would 100% exchange that... Good luck man!!
  9. justinf77 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2003
    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!
  10. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    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.
  11. vgamedude macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2013

    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.
  12. macfacts macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2012
    Tell me how many ipad air/mini2 reviews you read that mentioned the display panel lottery, or the safari crashes or tab reloads?
  13. brhume macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2014
    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:
  14. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    Best advice ever. Do not run any tests if your screen looks fine to you.
  15. justinf77 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2003
    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.
  16. brhume macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2014
    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...
  17. Davidsr20 macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2013
    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.
  18. justinf77 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2003
    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.
  19. justinf77 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2003
    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.
  20. brhume, Jan 15, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2014

    brhume macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2014
    Thank you for the information :)
    Indeed, yellow tint is a pain ! Always visible...

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


    Thanx... :)
  21. justinf77 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2003
    Serial: F4KLX
    Production Week: 52
    Factory: Pegatron
  22. JoeRito macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2012
    New England, USA
    Wow you got a bad one dude. Exchange!


    Cool site. I have a good screen, week 43, Foxconn China. Anybody compiling this info to look for trends in location or time of manufacture?
  23. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    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.
  24. brhume macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2014
    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...

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