All iPads Is it possible for a dust particle to get inside the screen?

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  1. everydayCARD macrumors member

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    I understand that it is possible for a dust particle to get inside the screen while producing the iPad, but is it possible for a dust particle to pop out of nowhere inside the screen?

    When I got my iPad Air, i carefully checked the screen to make sure that there were no defects in my screen. I had a perfectly even tint, no yellow screens and the screen was as perfect as i had hoped for. I had specifically checked for dead pixels and dust particles many times, so I am pretty sure that the screen didnt have any dust particles in the screen.

    Upon cleaning the screen today morning, i noticed a speck of dust inside the upper left side of the screen, which made me really confused at the moment. Could dust particles get inside the screen through everyday usage of the iPad?
    If so, is there a way for me to get it removed? I am not willing to go through the Air lottery and am perfectly satisfied with my screen, other than the speck of dust inside the screen.

    Does anyone know how to remove the dust particle from inside the screen?
     
  2. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    Is it possible that the dust was already in the screen but stuck on the edge and was knocked loose upon use?
     
  3. everydayCARD thread starter macrumors member

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    That's my guess too, but i dont know if that is physically possible.
     
  4. runormal macrumors newbie

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    I am facing the same issue: after going through 8 exchanges of ipad airs I finally have a screen that has no yellow tint, minimal bookspine to where I do not notice it at all, and a nice cool white screen however, there is a tiny tiny piece of dust on the lower left hand side of the screen. Of all the dust particles that I have seen under my screens in the past this one is the smallest, but knowing it is there is bugging me and I keep looking at it almost every time I use the ipad. I ordered an ipad opener kit online and am thinking about lifting the edge just enough so that I could reach a paper clip in and swipe the dust particle away - it is sticking to the glass and not the LCD - but I am worried that I might end up causing more harm by trying to do that.
     
  5. everydayCARD thread starter macrumors member

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    I might try that too. I love the screen that i have. Its perfect, less a dust particle under the screen. I am not willing to swap thus unit out with a factory refurbished unit and going through the air lottery again. Not worth my time and energy.

    When u swapped the ipad airs, did they give you a brand new retail packaged unit? Or did you get a factory refurbished unit?

    I didnt buy my ipad air at the apple store, and i am worried that they will just give me a white box, refurbished unit.

    Did you purchase your air from the apple store?
     
  6. runormal macrumors newbie

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    I purchased from the apple store and each time I did an exchange they brought out a brand new retail sealed box. I should add that this was all within 14 days of the original purchase date too.
     
  7. Misskitty, Dec 1, 2013
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    Ive boughten about 7 or 8 ipads in my lifetime, all of those had dust under the screen. Seems pretty common problem and dont know why its so hard to get one without dust under the screen.

    When i buy an ipad now, i pretty much expect dust to be under the screen. yay dust under my screen!!!
     
  8. RossMc macrumors 65816

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    Isn't the iPad Air screen glued down with lots of adhesive?
     
  9. runormal macrumors newbie

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    It is. I watched a teardown video of the Air and of other iPads and ifixit sells an opener kits which includes a pad which you put in the microwave to warm up and then place on the edge of the iPad to soften the adhesives and also comes with a prying tool and a suction cup to help separate the glass cover/screen.

    Since I have never tried using the above technique or products I am more than a little nervous about trying it out on my new iPad. If I end up cracking the screen that would be far worse that this tiny dust particle that I have.

    For me I think knowing that I have the kit and "could" remove it if I wanted to will lessen my fixation/frustration that there is a piece of dust that I cannot remove - if that makes sense....
     
  10. RossMc macrumors 65816

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    Reading that I wouldn't bother for a speck of dust in case of causing more damage than originally but if it bothers you that much each to their own.
     
  11. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    Just wanted to update but my new mini which I am 100% confident in saying that it did not have any dust under the screen when purchased now has a electively huge white piece of dust. This was not there yesterday and I keep the tablet in a sleeve when not in use and constantly wipe it down. I strongly believe that it was there on the edge the whole time and was knocked into viewing area.
     
  12. macjoshua macrumors 6502

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    the lcd isn't fused with the glass, so yes, it's possible for dust to get between them after production. if there's dust inside the iPad, it could end up in the screen.
     
  13. Misskitty macrumors 6502

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    Just ignore it, ive had 8 ipads in my life and each one came with dust under the screen. My mini that i sold had 5, but i ignored it cause to me its the norm for ipads....and ive exchanged many of my previous ipads many times cause they all
    Had dust.
     
  14. Closingracer macrumors 68000

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    They stopped Fusing the screens on the products ? I Figured they would of keep on doing it after the iPhone 4 came out.... my 3GS had a clean screen for months and about 3months in it had a lot of dust under the screen. when I upgraded to my iPhone 4 it was dust free for the 2 years that I had it. Honestly I just exchanged 3 ipads today and each had dust under the screen... my current one does and while it looks pretty decent size while showing a flashlight over it ...doesn't look terrible when I just use it indoors. But given what I know now I would of just kept the first 1 since it was on the bottom left side of the screen vs the middle and top on my previous ones
     
  15. macjoshua macrumors 6502

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    They've never fused the screens on iPads. I wish they would, but I'm guessing it's a cost issue.
     
  16. rajpatel macrumors regular

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    Must suck to be an OCD freak........I'm pretty sure you could find a single particle in dust in any living being including an ipad
     
  17. psynnott macrumors 6502

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    Paperclip to "swipe" the dust away .... microwave to heat the glue up.... yea, that isn't going to end in tears :rolleyes:
     
  18. jonnyb098 macrumors 68020

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    You have an ipad that's alive???????????? Wow! :D
     
  19. runormal macrumors newbie

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    I decided to just exchange the iPad for another one.... No tears involved. When possible I like to fix things myself but yeah paper clips and microwaves and iPads probably no bueno....
     
  20. blarivee macrumors 6502

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    Also keep in mind you may get more dust in when trying to remove that one speck of dust, unless you have access to a cleanroom :p
     

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