Lightbleed. So annoyed

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Infiniteconstancy, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. Infiniteconstancy macrumors regular

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    Just got my SS 44mm Gold watch. Pretty miffed I’m going to have to send it in to get replaced or repaired. Am I losing my mind here? This seems pretty bad.
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  2. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

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    It’s oled so there should be zero light bleed. However by your pictures there is something very wrong with your watch. Have it replaced.
     
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  4. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    That seems amazingly unlikely. It's like the OLED pixels are not actually switched off (as they should be on a black background).
     
  5. vintagekeys macrumors regular

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    several people posted the same issue with their AW4. Seems like a bad batch of screens.
     
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    Don't hold your breath one a priority replacement if you got it straight from Apple. They doing have any and it will be a long 4 to 5 week wait. I am going through the pain of that now
     
  8. Julien macrumors G4

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    ea as others stated there is no such thing as light bleed with an OLED. That is probably in the graphics processor.
     
  9. Infiniteconstancy thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is also using a gray wallpaper. Not black
     
  10. Jessem1133 macrumors 6502

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    Ugh that looks terrible, hopefully they can get you a replacement quickly
     
  11. Arran macrumors 601

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    So you’re using the ‘photo’ watch face, yes?

    Is your grey wallpaper perfectly uniform? I’m thinking it isn’t.
     
  12. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040

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    Looks like the glue didn't adhere, or something of that effect to me. The look is eerily similar to backlight bleed, but of course isn't.

    Looks to be as bad as they come, imo, but as others have said, maybe wait 2-3 weeks for stock to ramp up then ask for a replacement.
     
  13. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

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    No ask for a replacement ASAP. The longer you wait you may get charged for whatever reason or have to wait longer until supply levels out. Best to get a replacement order while in the return window to avoid any chance of being charged.
     
  14. Julien macrumors G4

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    Then do you know for fact it is 100% uniform gray? Take a screen shot (or post original Wallpaper) and then post the picture from Photos. This will prove if it is a defective display or if you are mistaken.
     
  15. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    Well that explains it. I’m thinking there’s nothing wrong with your Watch now.
     
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Could we also get an image of the watch with like the clock face on it and in normal lighting, or not in the dark closet?
     
  17. nws0291 macrumors 6502a

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    This was posted on reddit. You have to use the all gray image as OLED shuts off if you use black. This is an issue for some people. Check your watches and send them back. It should look uniform using the gray image sample.
     
  18. MrGimper macrumors 603

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    This seems quite common .... use something like the kaleidoscope face and then when the watch face is off, turn the crown to the first few brightness settings to see the issue. Or switch your home screen to list view and check out the grey buttons. Mine does it, but in normal use I don't see it so not fussed.
     
  19. richard371 macrumors 68020

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    Try these steps to check for uniformity:
    1 place the attached picture in your photos so you can view on your watch
    2 Place the watch in theater mode
    3 open photos app on the watch and make the grey pic full screen.
    4 go into a completely or very dark room (this is a must) and turn the crown one notch until you can barely see the grey image
    5 check for uniformity. Mine is a little brighter on the left side. I'm not going to worry about it as I don't use the watch in this way but it is there.
     

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  20. MrGimper macrumors 603

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    Mines brighter on the right but is quite patchy up until almost full brightness
     
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    In a completely pitch-black room, mine is slightly brighter on the right until about 50%. In a very dim room it looks uniform. I never use theater mode, so I don't think this will really affect me.
     
  22. richard371 macrumors 68020

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    If you have the issue in normal use and it bugs you then get it replaced. It sounds pretty common so you might have to do a lot of cherry picking and with Apples low stock good luck.
     
  23. applepizzaz4u macrumors member

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    5423852B-5DC7-4F89-B779-6DAE57C469A5.jpeg Here’s a pic showing some “bleeding” from the left edge. I know with oled there shouldn’t be any of that but there is definitely some kind of screen distortion. The night view from the Paris and New York timelapse watch face show it more. I opened up a case with Apple and they’re sending me a replacement unit
     
  24. KarimLeVallois macrumors 68010

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    Is the OLED screen slightly curved at the edges on the Series 4?
     
  25. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Personally, I don’t think that would be worth even trying to play the ‘lottery pick’ with choosing the Apple Watch and then having to make all these adjustments just for the sake of seeing if there is any type of uniformity with the dispay. Most consumers, won’t even realize if their display would have these effects or not.
     

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