iPad brightness discrepancies?

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  1. kenbrinkman macrumors regular

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    I found that the overall iPad brightness level in settings doesn't actually make the iPad as dim as it can be. Try putting the brightness all the way down in Settings then open iBooks. In iBooks, use the brightness control to make the screen even dimmer. When you exit iBooks, the iPad's brightness goes back up to the Settings' setting. Weird, huh? Why wouldn't the device settings app let you make it as dim as the iBooks app?
     
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  4. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

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    I just tried it and when I exited iBooks, the screen was back to bright though in settings it was at the lowest setting.
     
  5. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

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    i find myself want to go dimmer at times and its already dimmed to the max in system settings.
     
  6. kenbrinkman thread starter macrumors regular

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    Same here, that's why I thought it was weird that the whole device can be dimmer. It's a software limitation, not hardware.
     
  7. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

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    well it seems something that can easy be on 4.0.
     
  8. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    Could it be that the control in iBooks is simply changing the contrast of the screen, and not the actual backlight level?
     
  9. kenbrinkman thread starter macrumors regular

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    No it can't be, the black levels aren't changing. It's definitely backlight.
     
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    Screen right side bright/dark

    Anybodys iPad seem to be darker and lighter along the side(mine right side)
    Looks like alternating bright & dark areas.

    Just curious if this is normal, maybe I'm picky.
     
  12. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    I'm sitting in a dark room right now, and I also find it too bright at its darkest setting. Hopefully jailbreaking it or an official update fixes this discrepancy between iBooks and every other app. I love how dim iBooks can let the device go, so I hope we can use that brightness setting for the other apps/springboard.
     
  13. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    Sounds like a normal LCD variance to me. IPS panels can often have slightly brighter areas.
     
  14. samcraig macrumors P6

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    haven't test this yet - but could it be that they just wanted more fine tuning available for when you use it to read a book. You know - a master brightness and then a sub brightness. When not in the app - it returns to the master brightness
     
  15. macboy4 macrumors regular

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    My contention is that this is an Apple jerk move.

    To demonstrate, last night I was reading a book in the Kindle app. It was completely dark in the room and even at the lowest brightness setting it hurt my eyes.

    When I opened iBooks, however, I was able to reduce the brightness to a much more tolerable level.

    I think this is intentional to make iBooks more readable... just a theory.
     
  16. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    This brightness issue is one of the reasons I want a jailbreak so badly. I suspect we'll be able to adjust the brightness more with a hack, until Apple addresses it.
     
  17. Simgar988 macrumors 65816

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    The iPad doesn't get nearly dark enough and it drives me crazy.
     
  18. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    Yes we know :)

    Fill out this issue on the Apple feedback form. I did. I hope that the more people that do this, the more chance we have of getting it addressed.
     
  19. macboy4 macrumors regular

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    I stand corrected. After a back and forth with Jason Chen at Gizmodo I "discovered" that you CAN adjust the brightness from the Kindle app making it every bit as dim as the iBooks app.
     
  20. mcdj macrumors 604

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    Ok so are you going to share the solution or are we supposed to just guess?
     
  21. macboy4 macrumors regular

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    No, you don't have to guess, but you could tinker a bit :) When you hit the "Aa" button at the bottom, brightness control is an option.
     

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  22. MoltenTesseract macrumors newbie

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    Actually, Ruahrc is onto something. The backlight level doesn't actually change.
    To prove this while in iBooks with the brightness set to the lowest(in app) tap and hover over a word, the magnifying glass is super bight compared to the page. You can also take a screen shot of a page(home and lock button together) with the brightness as medium/high. Then take one with the brightness set to the lowest(in app). Then go to the photos app and compare the two, the screenshot taken at the lower setting is visibly darker than the other one.

    Looks like the app is lowering the brightness level of the device, not just the backlight.

    But I really wish apple would make some way to make the system wide brightness lower.

    PS: Also, sorry for the thread bump. But I found this thread via google and thought that other people might want answers.
     
  23. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    I definitely still struggle with the backlight in the dark. I hope someone comes up with a way to adjust those soon. With the jailbreak being available, it's crazy that nobody has tapped into whatever Apple is doing.
     
  24. Nikos macrumors 68000

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    I'd also like to see a wider brightness range. Just chiming in. :p
     
  25. brewno macrumors 6502

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    Actually Amazon's Kindle application goes dimmer than Apple's by a tad bit...
     

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