Confirmed - Different color temps on New iPads

bubbaguuump

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So I got three iPad 3's (can't get used to the name The New iPad) today. 1 in black and 2 in white and glad I did so I can compare them. Sure enough one of the white ones has a warm yellowish tint and the other two have the crisp blue tint. I was really against the yellow tint on my 4s that's why I returned it cause was so used to the blue temp on my 4. After looking at all the screens side by side I can see how some people would like the warmer yellow cause it would be good for photographs and skin tones. To me it looks a little muted and the blue is more crisp/alive and whites look whiter and well blue and eye catching. So if your's is warm/yellow then there are ones out there and you might get lucky if you're unhappy and exchange it. Might post pics later but too busy messing around with them now :)
 
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BFizzzle

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So I got three iPad 3's (can't get used to the name The New iPad) today. 1 in black and 2 in white and glad I did so I can compare them. Sure enough one of the white ones has a warm yellowish tint and the other two have the crisp blue tint. I was really against the yellow tint on my 4s that's why I returned it cause was so used to the blue temp on my 4. After looking at all the screens side by side I can see how some people would like the warmer yellow cause it would be good for photographs and skin tones. To me it looks a little muted and the blue is more crisp/alive and well blue and eye catching. So if your's is warm/yellow then there are ones out there and you might get lucky if you're unhappy and exchange it. Might post pics later but too busy messing around with them now :)
Strange my white 4s clearly has a blue tint. I use f.lux in Cydia to warm it up. I feel like my iPad 3rd gen looks much warmer than my 4s side by side
 

phobic99

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Figured as much. My iPad "3" is a lot more yellow than my iPad 2,which has the bluish tinted screen. I may make a trip to the Apple store to setup an exchange. I like the blueish tint a lot more.
 

Kyotoma

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I should mail candy to all of you.

Why is this news?

Oh yeah, it really isn't.

No two LCDs will ever be exactly the same. Think of it like a set of fingerprints. Each is unique to the person whom they are attached.
 

homeboy

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Mine is warmer than my iPad 2. Will keep it for a few days then compare with other units in stores to find out whether I am imagining things or not m
 

darwinian

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No two LCDs will ever be exactly the same. Think of it like a set of fingerprints. Each is unique to the person whom they are attached.
This is all fine and well, but the variability is pretty big. When you can tell it's yellow or blue on grays, it's pretty far from a neutral white. The solution to this problem seems simple: include a software color calibration tool. Computer displays have had these forever. Is there a technical limitation I'm not aware of?
 

bubbaguuump

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Ok here's some comparison pics. I don't have the best lighting in my place and not that great of a photographer but you can see that the black one has a more blue cooler temp and the white is more warm and yellow. For me the blue is better cause whites looks crisper and whiter. On the white one the warm tint looks too yellow and washed out for my tastes. But it's all up to personal preference. Oh on the one with the 3 iPads, the one on the right of the black actually is just as blue or even more then the black but didn't turn up in the pics and looks a little more warm. Hope this helps!
 

ksz

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Mine has the cool (i.e. blue) color temperature. It's a white 64GB Wi-Fi-only model.

P.S. Coming from the 1st gen iPad, this is a very satisfying upgrade.
 

bubbaguuump

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So this is something unexpected! After playing with the white one with the warm temp and the black one with the cool blue I've started to "warm" up to the warmer temp one!! Opened iPhoto side by side and even just the title screen and thumbnail pics look, yes you guessed it, warmer, more inviting and more natural. Gonna have to play with em more and decide. Thought I was more partial to the blue temp but not sure now.
 
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donnaw

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I have my new iPad right beside my iPad 2 and the new one is definitely 'warmer'. All colors are just a bit different too. For instance my home screen is a beach scene. Lots of blue water and blue sky. On the iPad 2 the sky is more turquoise and on the new iPad it's a deeper blue.

To be honest I really prefer the colors on the iPad 2 but unless I put them side by side I probably wouldn't have noticed.

My only issues are that the new iPad is darker. I had to turn up the brightness by 10% or so. And I have a slight discoloration on the bottom 1/3 of my screen. Like a light dusting of yellow dust. It may be the dreaded 'adhesive' issue so I'm just going to keep an eye on it. Either it gets better, I stop noticing it, or I go trade it in. I suspect it will be the first or second.

The good news is I have absolutely no bleeding at all.
 

Justin Luck

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My only issues are that the new iPad is darker. I had to turn up the brightness by 10% or so. And I have a slight discoloration on the bottom 1/3 of my screen. Like a light dusting of yellow dust. It may be the dreaded 'adhesive' issue so I'm just going to keep an eye on it. Either it gets better, I stop noticing it, or I go trade it in. I suspect it will be the first or second.

The good news is I have absolutely no bleeding at all.
After about 20 minutes of use, I noticed exactly what you describe. It is a yellow tinge that is at the bottom of the screen in portrait mode. It travels about 2 - 3 cm upwards. At first, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, but I can still see it along that edge when I rotate the tablet around.
 

donnaw

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Apr 19, 2011
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After about 20 minutes of use, I noticed exactly what you describe. It is a yellow tinge that is at the bottom of the screen in portrait mode. It travels about 2 - 3 cm upwards. At first, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, but I can still see it along that edge when I rotate the tablet around.
The reason I think mine might be adhesive is that the 'dusting' in just a bit darker on the left side. It goes most of the way across but definitely darker on the left. Since that's the only issue I have found I'm giving it a week or two to clear up. I really, really hope it will.
 

Justin Luck

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The reason I think mine might be adhesive is that the 'dusting' in just a bit darker on the left side. It goes most of the way across but definitely darker on the left. Since that's the only issue I have found I'm giving it a week or two to clear up. I really, really hope it will.
Yeah, mine is more prominent on the lower left as well. You can sort of see it in this pic: