My first burn in

Francesco Leone

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Jun 13, 2020
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Hi all!

I attach images. Sent to Apple for assistance. I'll keep you up-to-date

368C6313-F5D6-4335-8AF6-9CF20ECE84F5.jpeg Burn in effect
48645078-E01B-408C-A80A-370BF06E39D8.jpeg My watch face since I bought it in Oct.
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Ah, it is a Apple Watch 5 with AOD on
 
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G.McGilli

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WOw - that's the most noticeable one I've seen to date. Everything - even the lines between the days are all right there in negative.

Very curious to see what Apple does for you!
 

Relentless Power

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Hi all!

I attach images. Sent to Apple for assistance. I'll keep you up-to-date

View attachment 923980 Burn in effect
View attachment 923981 My watch face since I bought it in Oct.
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Ah, it is a Apple Watch 5 with AOD on
I definitely see it. Apple will exchange it. I think when you consider OLED panels, they all have some tendency of ‘static image stamping‘, The pixels are meant to shift, to prevent that, but unfortunately, it is a side effect to OLED. It’s a matter if somebody notices it or not, but I certainly look forward to the transition of micro LED, where that won’t be a possibility.
 

rockitdog

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I heard the AOD was a drain on the 5 series. I think I'd turn it off just to save the battery myself.
 

jdb8167

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I heard the AOD was a drain on the 5 series. I think I'd turn it off just to save the battery myself.
I get around 36 hours with AOD for waking hours. I also change watch faces frequently which probably prevents burn in.
 

sjinsjca

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I get around 36 hours with AOD for waking hours.
Ditto.

I was a skeptic, after nearly five happy years with my original-issue Series 0, but AOD is a really nice usability improvement. I'm surprised how much I like it.
 

Fixu86

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Jul 11, 2015
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yes, my watch will be replaced. confirmed
I do have the same issue with my AW5. As far as I can tell, the burn-in heals a bit over night - or at least it gets better. I think during charging over night (screen off) seems to have a regeneration effect.
Is the burn-in on your watch always at the same level? Mine is worser in the evening (after AOD was on for about 18 hours) than in the mornings
 

Francesco Leone

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Original poster
Jun 13, 2020
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I always had the AOD turned on. This effect was evident under Sun or a direct strong Desk light. It is not noticeable in the evening. I have never changed watchface and complications since October 2019
 

Fixu86

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Jul 11, 2015
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It is only visible with white or grey background (flashlight app works as well). I just mentioned the burn-in effect is better visible after the AOD was on for several hours. Same by you?
 

yeye11

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Jun 29, 2020
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Hi,

It seems my AW5 is also showing burn in. Using it since October with the same face almost all the time. Lowest brightness setting though.

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yes, my watch will be replaced. confirmed
Do you have apple care or the replacement was covered by warranty?

Thanks.
 

The-Real-Deal82

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My AWS5 was replaced in March due to a speaker issue. I activated the torch function to see if I had any burn in and there is a faint outline. Not sure i’ll go through the bother of replacing it again as this seems to be a common issue. I don’t remember this on my three year old S2.
 

Relentless Power

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When Micro- LED actually has its opportunity to debut, I suspect in probably two years, image retention (Or burn-in for that matter) will be completely eliminated, as OLED is the sole reason why that happens. Given that AOD on the Apple Watch is a feature that will remain, it’s something that will always be a tendency with OLED panels.
 

yeye11

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Jun 29, 2020
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That is what I am waiting for. Definitely not gonna buy another OLED watch.
While my burn-in is not a big issue at the moment, in a year or two it will become one hurting visual esthetics and resale value. Who would wanna buy a watch with burn-in? No one.
 

Relentless Power

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That is what I am waiting for. Definitely not gonna buy another OLED watch.
While my burn-in is not a big issue at the moment, in a year or two it will become one hurting visual esthetics and resale value. Who would wanna buy a watch with burn-in? No one.
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No one purchasing an Apple Watch has any idea what ‘Burn-in’ is in the first place. Nor do they know what to look for. You only notice burn-in on various lighter states/white background where it’s completely visible.

Anyways-Let’s say I sold my Apple Watch to and unknowing buyer knowing that it has ‘burn-in’, I guarantee you they wouldn’t even notice image retention unless it was drastically visible. Most cases with the Apple Watch with Burn-in, is actually pretty minimal, but it’s an annoyance nonetheless once you start seeing it, you want stop seeing it either.

Also, I suspect image retention on the Apple Watch is a very small percentage, it’s usually only certain models that have the same display that is used on a consistent basis and with AOD being activated consistently.
 
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