iPad Does any body experience eye straining on the new iPad (2017)?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by flowave, Mar 30, 2017.


Anybody feeling the eyestrain on the new iPads? (2017)

  1. Yes

    18 vote(s)
  2. No

    57 vote(s)
  3. I'm not sure.

    3 vote(s)
  4. Didn't buy it.

    36 vote(s)
  1. Jodiuh, Apr 9, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2017

    Jodiuh macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
    Same here. So much so that's it's a bit jarring.

    I've had some more time to use the new iPad and while I don't think it's quite as bad as it was, something about it ,ales it more difficult on my eyes than the Air 2 or 6S Plus.

    If I were to nail it down, I'd say it's a combination of the warmer screen and the lack of a laminated display. When I put the tablet next to a 6S Plus, the phones IS easier to read. It's like the contrast is improved and it seems to be easier for my eyes to focus.

    If I'm just using the iPad, the displays gap does t seem so apparent. It's when I put it next to my phone that I can see how much easier it is to read.

    I'll give it a few more days...

    I understand that a warmer temp should help, but even turning on night shift on the phone bothers me.
  2. Huge125 macrumors member


    Jun 16, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    My eyes feel a little strained. I've tuned off the auto adjust for brightness and dialed it back some. With night shift on in the evening my eyes feel fine.
  3. JPack macrumors 601


    Mar 27, 2017
    Yet your photo clearly shows the new iPad having warmer colors.

    This whole thing is starting to sound like people who claim Wi-Fi makes them feel hot/dizzy/sick/astrologically incompatible.
  4. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016
    Apple's next marketing campaign 'iPad Pro v2 - now with less eye strain"
  5. Jodiuh macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
    Replaced with Pro 9.7", no more eye strain.

    There's something going on with the new 2017 iPad. Even the store display model gave me trouble.
  6. kristoffer4 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2006
  7. Jodiuh macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
    It would bother me even I the dark with no ambient light. I'm not sure what the problem was, but even after hours with the Pro, I have no problems.

    The 2017 iPad 5 would bother me to the point I'd have to put it down after 30 minutes or risk a bad headache.
  8. darkarn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2017
    Just wondering, will a third-party matte screen protector help in this case?

    I have used that on my iPad Air 1 and had no such issues; may be relevant here since the iPad Air 1 and the iPad 2017 have similar screens
  9. kristoffer4, Apr 14, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2017

    kristoffer4 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2006
    I just tried in a store and something strange is definitely going on. I found it very hard to read on. The text was harder to read, for me.
  10. Jodiuh macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
    I don't know if that's why my eyes burned or my head ached, but I can definitely say side by side with a Pro or an Air2 vs 2017...text, especially thin black text, on a white background was much, much easier to read on the laminated displays.

    Being so much closer to the glass affects the contrast level, the viewing angle, the reflection.

    The Pro model goes one step further with True Tone. For someone with ridiculously sensitive eyes, it's just one more thing to make life easier.
  11. Ingromato Romatoni macrumors newbie

    Ingromato Romatoni

    Jun 25, 2017
    Hi there,
    My Apple ME279X/A iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi 16GB Silver has been updated a week ago (IOS 10.3.2) and has been causing eye and head ache since then. I cannot feel any pain using my Android mobile or any of my laptops/computers (Windows7, Fedora,etc.).
    I also tried to change the size of the characters and later Night Shift (More Warm).. but none of them helped. Very strange. There is no workaround to this at this stage.
  12. Neuronum macrumors newbie


    Jul 30, 2017
    I really hope if a system update can change the situation and make iPad easier to read. I'm not feeling well with the screen as well, eye ache and headache. But it's right when I read with other screens(PC or android phone).
  13. IJBrekke macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2009
    Long Beach, CA
    Turning on and adjusting "Reduce White Point" in accessibility helps immensely. That allows me to keep screen brightness where I naturally want it without the piercing feeling on my eyes.
  14. TinaBelcher macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2017
    I have experienced straining eyes with ALL my Apple devices since the stone age aka debut of the retina display came out. My eyes are dry, sore and in need of a vacation. Not even the lowest brightness and night shift repairs the straining. My eyes may reach its limit once I upgrade to iPad Pro. R.i.p
  15. Neuronum macrumors newbie


    Jul 30, 2017
    I think I have figured out what caused uncomfort to our eyes. It may be the scresn's acutance(Wikipedia explains what it is). This iPad is relatively higher than other products.

    Higher acutance doesn't change contrast while displaying black font and white background. It makes you feel the content of the screen clearer, the edge of fonts sharper, but brings uneasy to some people as side effects.

    I assume apple has tuned iPad's screen acutance high enough to cause uncomfort, but not high enough to be noticed.

    And this problem can be solved with an update in theory. We may suggest apple to do this.
  16. emissary44 macrumors newbie


    Mar 25, 2018
    You are definitely correct as I have burning and dry eyes everytime I use my iPad pro 12.9 2015 cellular model
  17. hajime macrumors 603

    Jul 23, 2007
    Could it be that the problems is due to cellular signals? Do people have issues with wifi model?

    I am using wifi model. No problem at all.

    Could screen protector also be a factor?
  18. Jodiuh macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
    I believe the 12.9 Pro 2015’s not using PWM. That’s the big eye fatigue causer, ho it could be something else.

    I’m using the 9.7” Pro 2016 without issues. As far as I know it’s not using PWM to control the backlight. Mine is also WiFi.

    The problem I had was on the vanilla 9.7” 2017. The 2017’s got the extra space from glass to panel cause no luminated display. I’m not sure about PWM, but as it’s a cost cutting tablet, I would not be surprised if something’s wonky about it.

    What about an iPhone X?
  19. kristoffer4 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2006

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