iPad Pro display manufactured by Samsung -- when?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by BlueEarth, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. BlueEarth macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2009
    I read an article a couple weeks ago that Sharp is producing 100% of the iPad Pro displays (with far-below satisfactory results), but that Samsung's displays will enter the supply chain for the iPad Pro before the end of this year. Well, the end of this year is less than two weeks away, but I haven't found any more news about whether Samsung's displays are on any iPad Pros yet.

    Any ideas if / when they're showing up? Do you have expectations that Samsung's displays will be more satisfactory than Sharp's?
  2. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    When or if Samsung displays find their way into the iPad pro, rest assured there will be no way to know which one you are getting before buying, so you may as well not think about it too hard.
  3. jamesrick80, Dec 19, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2015

    jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Samsung started helping out with ipad pro displays in September so this month's shipments at least some of them should have samsungs display and maybe some of last month's too....guessing there is no way to know who has which display....would be interesting but we don't want another displaygate lol.... by the way my iPad pro was delivered friday from tmobile and the screen is flawless......

  4. jonstatt1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2015
    Why would Samsung be any better. If you read past reports Samsung has been plagued with color uniformity issues particularly with the iPad 3. It's just a lottery and as Apple did tighten up on things like contrast ratio (hence they always disclose this Specification) it is unlikely it makes any difference which vendor you get.... It will always be a lottery.
  5. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    You can say the same for almost any display company. There will always be some uniformity issues on some devices unless it was super amoled which uniformity issues are rarely seen on samsungs latest displays. Sharp at one point was having issues manufacturing Apple displays and there have been many instances especially since they make the bulk of the iPad displays were uniformity was an issue. I would not compare samsungs display manufacturing process to the past when the iPad 3 came out since everything has drastically improved since then.
  6. jonstatt1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2015
    There is a misconception that things have improved. They really have not. I have a Samsung Note 4 and a Samsung S5 and both of them have colour uniformity issues. With the S5 it is more yellow towards the bottom and really distracting. With the Note 4 it is pink towards the top. Not only that but the Note 4 is uneven with very low level shades...like really dark browns, it has a band from top to bottom where it is a bit lighter. I have had several Note 4s (From friends) all in a row, and every one of them had a different colour temperature, and really weirdly, had different effects from looking off angle (the amount of colour shift and angle before things started to change).

    The point I am making is that many of us, me included have a high demand on the perfection of a display, and extremely rarely (just when you get lucky), do you find one that matches your expectations. The only thing that seems to have improved is the stuck/dead pixel frequency, everything else is still a lottery from what I can see.
  7. jamesrick80, Dec 21, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2015

    jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Note 5 and s6 edge plus screens are flawless.....but screens especially with apple products have become a lottery system.
  8. seadragon Contributor

    Mar 10, 2009
    There is indeed quite a variance in LCD panel qualities in general and it's not just Apple products. Pretty much any LCD display has a degree of uniformity or color issues. From items such as phones all the way up to the largest LCD TVs. Everyone seems to have a different threshold as to what they find acceptable or how much of a deficiency they notice.

    My worst experience was back when the iPad 3 came out and I bought and returned a few of them due to very noticeable (to me) uniformity and color shift issues. I eventually just gave up and went back to my iPad 2.

    A couple of years ago, I bought a 60 inch LCD TV and had to exchange it due to a prominent "flashlighting" problem that was noticeable when watching anything with a light background. The second unit was fine.

    I just bought an iPad Air 2 recently and the display looks absolutely perfect (to me) with no noticeable uniformity or color issues. I'm very happy with it.
  9. Precision Gem macrumors 6502

    Precision Gem

    Jun 3, 2015
    I got my iPP in the first wave, and the screen is flawless. The battery life is very good, charges while I'm working on it, and the smart keyboard is a joy to work with.
  10. Atomic Walrus macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2012
    OLED panels have at least as much uniformity variance as LCD. This includes the current gen Samsung Amoled panels from the Note 5, LG's very expensive 4K OLED TVs, etc. Can be identified by a gamma shift which crushes blacks in a gradient across the screen.
  11. 7even macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2008
    I had 4 different iPPs and 3 had quite similar screens, and one was a touch warmer and the colors were a touch more saturated. The production weeks were all over the map, and the one I ended up keeping (the one that had better colors) is actually one of the oldest I have seen (week 40).

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