Buyer Beware: Retina MBP Burn-In Extraordinaire

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  1. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

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  2. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

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    Clearly a defect. No body else has been complaining.
     
  3. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    Not seeing it, and I've let it run at max brightness for hours at a time.
     
  4. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Early days, and early adopters let`s see how it pans out. That being said if none of us jump in at the deep end, well 640K would still be more than enough :p
     
  5. Seamaster macrumors 65816

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    Whoa ... if that's for real, that's serious business.
     
  6. leenak macrumors 68020

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    Someone on the apple forums said that their iPad 2 had the same issue. It is definitely a defect if it occurs.
     
  7. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I was thinking the same thing. If this was common wouldnt people with retina iPads experience it.
     
  8. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    Everything is srs bzns when it comes to Apple 'problems'.
     
  9. Southernboyj macrumors 68000

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    My iPad 2 had a slight burn in, I noticed it mostly on the address bar in Safari, it wasn't really noticeable though so I didn't return it.
     
  10. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Were going to need something a little more solid before we go into DRAMA MODE...........
     
  11. Dronac macrumors member

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    As if soldered on RAM wasn't enough of a reason for Applecare...

    If this is a widespread issue, there will be a design revision. If your keeping your MBPR longer then a year, I'd pick up Applecare and if this happens, just let Apple swap it out.
     
  12. ixodes macrumors 601

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    Another thread with a title designed to alarm users. Sadly it's a baseless claim. The display Apple has implemented in this model is of very high quality, durability & long life.

    Nonetheless it's always possible to get a defective component of any type.

    These are mass produced in very large quantities. If one studies how these displays are made, you'll find a fairly high number per thousand that are scrapped, as they're defective. It's a normal characteristic of the manufacturing process & has been for years.

    Once again this is simply a reminder that all mass produced products come with a warranty for a reason. Nothing is perfect.
     
  13. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    FIRE, FIRE, lets keep it in context one forum, one post if this was a was wide spread issue the Net would be wired, I am not defending Apple just dont want wildfire to spread on the basis of a few isolated incidents.....
     
  14. Dronac macrumors member

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    I didn't mean to imply this was widespread. Rather that Applecare is probably a good idea already given how integrated the MBPr is, which would make an issue like this less of one, even if it was widespread.
     
  15. mahdz, Jun 23, 2012
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    I'm getting it too. At first I thought it was my eyes adjusting to the darker desktop, but I was able to take a picture. You can see the Adblock and Flash Block icons about 2 inches left and 1 inch down from the batter percentage. You can make out the address bar too. It's a lot more visible immediately after closing/minimizing Chrome. So far it's gone away every time after about 30 min.
     

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  16. Mojo1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I didn't start this thread to alarm users, merely give them a heads-up. When considering spending $2200 or more on a laptop computer one might want to know about this...

    Second, it isn't a baseless claim. There is burn-in, it is readily apparent, I provided a link to the original source and there is a clear image of the burn-in.

    You claim that the Retina MBP display "is of very high quality, durability and long life." Upon what verifiable source are you basing these claims? As far as I know there has not been a 15" Retina display available in a mass-produced portable computer. iPads and iPhones, yes, but not a laptop. And the Retina display hasn't been around long enough to categorically state that it has a "long life" when used in a consumer product.

    I'll grant you that it is most likely a defective display, hopefully one of a few rather than one of many. But in recent memory Apple has released products that have exhibited a serious manufacturing defect that affected thousands and even millions of customers. The company's response to these flawed products has often been slow in coming and Apple's remedies have not always made its customers whole again.

    I am seeing other reports online about problems with the Retina display in the MacBook Pro. We will have to see if these are relatively isolated incidents or just the tip of the iceberg. It is up to the individual consumer to decide if it is worth the risk to buy the rMBP now or wait awhile.
     
  17. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    I've been using IPS displays for years.

    I have never, ever, seen one that did not have fairly severe "burn-in", but it's temporary; lasts a longish time (you can still see it a day later), but goes away over long-term use.

    Same for my Retina iPad, a little noticeable on the iPad 2, same on my 26" NEC display which is by far the nicest display I've ever had.

    So I am not surprised or worried about it.
     
  18. spdntrxi macrumors regular

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    digilyod is generally a pretty good source..atleast I know him from the camera info... although he tends to be a Nikon fanboy
     
  19. mond, Jun 23, 2012
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    You realize you just called his claim baseless, and then followed it with a baseless claim?

    If you follow the link there's a picture of the screen & a link to apple's forums where multiple people say they have the issue. His claim seems to have more of a base than yours.

    edit: video from apple forum thread
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1Y-b9B2hJc&feature=youtu.be
     
  20. ixodes macrumors 601

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    Then use a reasonable title. The title you chose is alarming.
    Price has nothing to do with anything. Apple is well known for charging very high prices. Any product at any price can have a single defective component. That's why they come with warranties.
    Then don't make it sound like they all may have this issue via the title.
    Many years of using IPS displays (same technology) in Workstation class ThinkPads within an engineering & design company that has used hundreds without problem.
    Time will tell, the risk is no different than any other product.
     
  21. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    It's also a well-known fact that the people most vocal about this sort of things are also the people who run into problems with something that they expected to work perfectly inside and out.

    OP cried "wolf" with its sensational thread title, designed to draw your attention. And, judging by the responses, it's working exactly as he wanted.
     
  22. PhoenixRising macrumors newbie

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    You kidding? This is MacRumors. Someone posts a problem, it's the end of the world as we know it.

    but I feel fine.
     
  23. Marconelly macrumors 6502

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    I've seen burn-in happen on certain LCDs, IPS, or non-IPS, sometimes even permanent. However, I've never seen problem manifest on any LCD after just 15 minutes of use, and I really don't think I've ever seen it happen on iPhone 4 screen which is IPS as well.
     
  24. Xcelerate macrumors regular

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    This is a little bit odd. I don't doubt that the images are real, but it seems more like a defect than real burn-in.

    LCDs are manufactured in such a way that there is a back light, color filters, and then a polarizer that acts like a window shutter. When the shutter is open, light comes through, and when it is closed, light cannot pass (well, any light that does pass through is what is referred to as the black level).

    So unlike plasma technology, the only reason this burn-in would occur is if there is some sort of polarizer defect, which may be because of an electrical connection.

    Just a thought. Someone who knows more about LCDs can perhaps provide more information.
     
  25. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    I see this on my iPad 3 all the time, and also on my big NEC. It's not really burn-in, but there is a VERY noticeable effect there. If I leave my iPad 3 in an app that has an easily-recognized pattern for a 10-15 minutes, then go to something with a smooth screen, I will see that "burn-in". It's totally normal, so far as I can tell; I got all excited when it happened to my NEC, then I started reading threads and found that basically all IPS displays have ... well, I want to call it phosphor memory, but obviously that's wrong. :)

    Edit: And no, it's not a "polarizer defect". IPS displays do not work quite the same way other LCDs do, and this is normal for them.
     

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