Is this normal...? I can SEE the Apple logo through my screen!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Yumunum, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Yumunum macrumors 65816

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    When in the right light, I can see the Apple logo through my screen... I have a new 2011 13" MBA btw.

    I'm really hoping this is normal but I'm guessing it's not.

    Anyone wanna see if they have the same problem? Turn off the computer or put it on sleep, then try looking at the center for a big white fuzzy looking splotch shaped perfectly with the Apple logo on the back of the computer. If you can't see it immediately go somewhere with less light. Or you may just not have the problem.

    I guess my screen was pressed too hard against the back during production or something? :p

    edit: okay, so if I just get a black wallpaper or something I can't see it. Only when the screen's off. But, if I move my hand over the logo on the back of the computer you can't see it on the screen. Weirdness!
     
  2. ninethirty macrumors 6502a

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    You're hoping it's normal? If it bothers you, why would it 'being normal' have anything to do with it?

    First of all, it's not normal, and second, regardless, you should return it.
     
  3. Pipper99 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, it's normal. I remember seeing this question a number of times when the 2010 MBAs came out.
     
  4. Yumunum thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I hoped it's normal because then I wouldn't have to drive to an Apple store AGAIN to replace my computer... it's a long drive. It'd annoy me less if I knew everyone had it. Makes sense, no? :) Okay maybe not everyone has my mentality.. haha. So I'm guessing you have an Air and you don't have this problem? :/

    edit: When putting the display to sleep, you can see what was previously on the screen slowly fade away in the center where the logo is. Something tells me I would've noticed this on the one I returned... Probably not normal despite what you heard Pipper99 :/
     
  5. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Completely normal.

    Someone here doesn't own an Apple laptop it seems. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Brandon0448 macrumors 6502

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    Yes it is normal, the backlight to the screen is what illuminates the apple logo on the back of the screen. So when the screen is off it will be possible to have light shine through the opposite way.
     
  7. Yumunum thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Interesting.. so everyone here has this "problem"? If it's the backlight though, wouldn't the logo disappear when the computer's off? Cuz that doesn't seem to happen... it stays there.
     
  8. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Yes, everyone has that complete non-issue of seeing the Apple logo when the backlight is off and the laptop's top cover is placed in front of a light source.

    It's not the backlight that's shining through, it's the light from the exterior source, shining through the translucent Apple logo (if it was opaque, then it wouldn't light up) into the translucent screen (if it was opaque, then it wouldn't light up either).
     
  9. Yumunum thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Interesting... what about my weirdness when I put the computer to sleep? The way the picture stay inside the logo and fades slightly slower than the rest of the screen looks odd...
     
  10. Brandon0448 macrumors 6502

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    When I noticed it I thought it was pretty cool, just shows how thin the screen is. As long as the backlight is on I have not been able to notice any light bleed through the logo. Even when the back of the screen in placed in direct sunlight.
     
  11. ninethirty macrumors 6502a

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    I'm writing this from my 2011 Macbook Air, which replaced my 2010 Macbook Air. Sometimes I prefer my 2010 Macbook Pro, or my 2009 Macbook Pro at work. Incidentally, none of them have the problem this guy is describing.

     
  12. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Yes, they do. You just don't know how to replicate the issue. Turn it off and place it directly in front of a window, during a bright and sunny day. Enjoy the sight of the Apple logo staring back at you.

    Again, normal. That's the outside light source acting as a sort of backlight showing the pixels still being displayed even though the laptop's backlight is off.
     
  13. Brandon0448 macrumors 6502

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    If you take your Air and turn the screen off and place the back of the screen in direct sunlight or another intense light source you will see the apple logo bleed though the screen.
     
  14. drewyboy macrumors 65816

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    As everyone else is saying except nine..something... it is normal. First found out back in '05 w/ my first mac..iBook G4. Was in my apartment facing a window facing south. It was afternoon and sun was pouring in and I opened up my iBook to start it and wala! The fuzzy apple logo. Took a second to figure it out, but it was pretty cool. Anyways, completely normal and enjoy!
     
  15. misterneums macrumors 6502

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    You're definitely wrong. Just because you're not replicating the situation does not mean your macbook air doesn't have it. Go outside with your computer, but the screen between you and the sun. Even with the screen on you will notice a big bright apple on the screen.
     
  16. 2IS macrumors 68030

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    Except that it is normal.
     
  17. bill-p macrumors 65816

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    It is normal. Here's a step by step on how to reproduce it:

    1) Make sure you are in a completely dark room with only a single desk lamp lighting at the highest brightness you can set. Make sure the lamp is the only light source in the room.

    2) Hold the Macbook against the lamp so that the Apple logo is facing the lamp directly while the screen is facing you.

    3) Hold down the "brightness down" key on the keyboard until the backlight of the screen completely goes off.

    4) Now watch the Apple logo.
     
  18. mittens79 macrumors newbie

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    totally "normal"

    i could/can see the apple logo on my old powerbook, my black macbook, and my macbook pro. personally, i think it's kind of cool.
     
  19. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    It's normal. Put an iPad on the logo, and see the light shine through the screen. That's what's happening.
     
  20. withoutyou macrumors newbie

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    Completely normal. I have noticed this since my PowerBook G4 years ago.
     
  21. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816

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    If it changes to an Android (it's not an android!-it's just a funny-looking robot) logo, then, you should be worried.:cool:
     
  22. ancient macrumors newbie

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    I have even seen the apple logo bleeding through on a bright sunny day when the laptop was switched on. I must admit it did give me a scare the first time, as I thought that the screen had developed an approximately circular fault in the centre - but then I noticed that it was actually the apple logo.

    One way to reduce the effect, is to buy a printed laptop skin and stick it to the back of the machine.
     
  23. B.Chang macrumors member

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    As many many people have said . . . completely normal on the MBA and I can even do it on my MBP. :]
     
  24. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a

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    *checks to see if it works on iPad*

    ...nope :/
     
  25. macfly4 macrumors member

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    I can't believe this thread has gone on as long as it has. this is basic, people. light goes both ways through a translucent agent. the back light shines out through the logo and IN through it when there is a strong light source on...wait for it.....THE OTHER SIDE!
     

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