Can You See the Apple logo Through the Display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Barbie, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. Barbie macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2009
    Whenever there is sunlight on the back of my MacBook Air, with its screen off, the Apple logo is visible through the display (but backwards) - I find this amazing, is it because the display is so thin?

    Can you also see it?

  2. brad.c macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2004
    50.813669°, -2.474796°
    I don't know about the Air, but I can see it on my MBP with when the screen is off, but not at all when it's on. The backlighting of the screen is what lights up the logo on the outside, so there is no opaque layer between.

    EDIT: Actually, it is somewhat noticeable when the screen is on too, but it doesn't effect the readablilty at all. If it's enough to be distracting you'd be adjusting your viewing angle/location anyways.
  3. mikeinternet macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2006
    Oaklnad, CA
    I had to dim the screen down and practically put a light bulb to the back to get it to show through my macbook pro.

    I've never been a fan of that huge logo. And that is lights up is even worse.
  4. stoconnell macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2009
    Rockville (Despite REM's plea.)
    Yes. I have noticed this going back to my Al PowerBook G4. Since the apple logo is translucent and uses the backlight from the screen to "glow", an even stronger light source coming from the other side will light up the screen in front of the logo.
  5. King t. macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2007
    NO, I don't see the Apple logo through my MBA!!! ;)
  6. theDUB macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2008
    SLT, CA
    I don't find it amazing at all. There is an apple shaped hole in the lid of your notebook. Light passes through it both ways.
  7. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
  8. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    I have to turn the brightness all the way down but still on and put the PB where the window is shining directly on the back of the screen to see it.
  9. Aaleck macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2007
    Michigan, USA
    Haha, nope, never seen this on my MBP... I will have to try to look for it now
  10. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    No, it is because it has less layers of material, and it is designed to let light pass trough it (that's why it glows). It is not only limited to the MBA, I happens also to the macbooks and macbooks pro.

  11. mpowers macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2009
    See Thru Logo

    So this may have already been mentioned but it was exciting to me and lacks an explanation as far as my limited knowledge of the mbp screen goes, but when the computer is on, if you dim it all the way down to black and backlight it you can still see what is on screen through the reversed apple logo. Exciting!
  12. designgeek macrumors 65816


    Jan 30, 2009
    I could see it on my old Powerbook G4 but not so well on my uni MBP. It's because the back light is either translucent or transparent, I can't remember which, and the screen is translucent so the back light shows through.
  13. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    All Apple notebooks, except for the Powerbook G3 Series (Wallstreet), do this. Perfectly normal.

    The Wallstreet glowed slightly, only because of backlight leaking to the logo. All the others are illuminated by design. There's a piece of translucent white material between the logo and the back of the display.

    I wouldn't have it any other way. Nothing like my entire family and a couple friends, all sitting around the living room - picture a semi-circle of glowing Apple logos. :cool: I've also seen my local coffee hangout aglow with Apples. Usually, at this shop anyway, about a 6-1 ratio of PB/MB to wannabes ;)

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