Image Retention Question

appleisgod

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Jun 21, 2008
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I've seen a lot of post about the RMBP image retention problem, and while I haven't noticed an issue on mine, I did have a question. When I turn the brightness on my screen all the way down, I can still see what I was last doing on the screen when in certain light. Obviously it doesn't cause any sort of problems, but is this a sign of more retention to come?
 

dlim1027

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Aug 20, 2012
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Williamsburg, VA
I'm also concerned about this as well. I purchased a rMBP of week 30 (July) and also suffer from [very] faint image retention. However, upon researching image persistence/retention further, I've reached the possible conclusion that this faint IR/IP we're experiencing is temporary and is something that happens to new displays. I may be wrong, but that's all the information I've gathered thus far. I still have 11 days left on my 14 day no-questions-asked return period, so if it worsens, I'll let you guys know.
 

AzN1337c0d3r

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Sep 13, 2010
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I've seen a lot of post about the RMBP image retention problem, and while I haven't noticed an issue on mine, I did have a question. When I turn the brightness on my screen all the way down, I can still see what I was last doing on the screen when in certain light. Obviously it doesn't cause any sort of problems, but is this a sign of more retention to come?
No, what you are experiencing is a characteristic of all display panels. When you turn down the brightness off, all it does it turn off the LEDs. The crystals are still turning on and off in the background and displaying the image.

In fact, in the older CCFL-backlit panels where the inverter (which provides the voltage for the CCFL tubes) burnt out, one could diagnose the problem quickly by shining a flashlight through the Apple logo and seeing if there was an image.
 

appleisgod

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Jun 21, 2008
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No, what you are experiencing is a characteristic of all display panels. When you turn down the brightness off, all it does it turn off the LEDs. The crystals are still turning on and off in the background and displaying the image.

In fact, in the older CCFL-backlit panels where the inverter (which provides the voltage for the CCFL tubes) burnt out, one could diagnose the problem quickly by shining a flashlight through the Apple logo and seeing if there was an image.
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