retina macbook / apple using different display manufacturers?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bill Hicks, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. Bill Hicks macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    I have no doubdt that apple is using different manufacturers displays for the retina MacBooks.

    The first one i bought was way too dark and text was blurry most of the time. the white was more of a grayish tint. a month later, a replacement has a far superior screen in more ways than one.

    I was able to compare them side to side. world of difference.

    It seems there is no way to check display manufacturer now (using terminal). or is there?

    anyone else have similar experiences with their displays?
  2. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Well it certainly would explain why some users are complaining about ghosting, inconsistent tints, and lack of brightness, whereas others (like myself) have a superb display. There are different codes for the displays, that were discussed in another thread...
  3. Bill Hicks, Jul 21, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2012

    Bill Hicks thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    when i run the command in terminal. all i get is "COLOR LCD"

    no codes like before. i wonder if they took the ability to check out so people couldn't complain.

    does anyone know how to check display manufacturer on retina macbook?
  4. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    The first day I tried it, I only got COLOR LCD, I tried a couple days later and it worked. So I'd say keep trying the terminal command.
  5. Bill Hicks thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    no luck. just COLOR LCD.

    does anyone know the different manufacturers?

    because the old one looked like an lg and this one looks closer to a samsung.
  6. teeteetee macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2012
    Wanna buy one but afraid that i might get one with a yellownscreen :(
  7. Bill Hicks thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    the difference between the two was literally night and day.

    noone knows how to identify display?
  8. advaitan macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2011
    ioreg -lw0 | grep \"EDID\" | sed "/[^<]*</s///" | xxd -p -r | strings -6

    this will work... LP is LG, LSN is Samsung
  9. detroitl macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2012
    Which is more desirable? I have LSN
  10. spdntrxi macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
    ^my screen is perfect (so far) and a LG. Funny I returned 3 top of the line LED LG's last year.. and ended up getting a Sammy Plasma..
  11. Bill Hicks thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    i knew it.

    this one is a samsung, for sure the other was lg.
  12. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    Hard to say at this point since there isn't much data, but from my subjective experience having originally a Samsung and now an LG that replaces it, I preferred the Samsung. The screen was a little brighter.
  13. spdntrxi macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
    ^ these screen get more then bright enough for me.. I'm usually 6 bars from the top.. all the way up and the whites hurt my eyes.
  14. Sam2lucky13 macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2011
    I've got an lg...i use it mostly in clamshell mode with a tb but i haven't noticed any problems with it.
  15. sk8r1230 macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2010
    samsung here. looks great but suffers from light leak. replacement just left china.
  16. sireShonBohn macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2012
    I've got an LG and it has serious image retention and very mild light leakage around the edges. Otherwise it looks great. BTW, I've never seen an LCD with no light leakage, but I assume some must exist since people talk about it so much.
  17. TickleMeElmo macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2012
    I have a Samsung and so far it has been perfect.
  18. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
    Is it possible Samsung is purposely sabotaging the displays they send to Apple? My guess is yes.
  19. gekoo macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2012
    i got a samsung too. Nothing wrong with it. But I do wish it was a little bit more whiter. So far my iPad looks more white than this but I'm not really complaining about my luck.
  20. macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2012
    Got the LG, only remark i have is that it is a little dark when using it during daylight (not direct sunlight). I have to turn it all the way up when using it on sunny days indoors.
    Rest of the screen looks perfect.
  21. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Color LCD

    No issues here at all.
  22. Drask macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2012
    Why would they do that? That's just stupid.
  23. Queen6 macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    When the Late 2011 Air was launched there was literally frenzy over the display, due to there being two venders LG & Samsung. Some even were even posting here on MacRumors how they could return their Air with a LG display, before the machine had even arrived. Ironically when AnandTech reviewed the display`s they recommended the LG by a hair surprise, surprise the hysteria evaporated. If by any means LG display`s are inferior to Samsung`s Apple would never use them in the first place.

    Every display is different both venders will equally provide good and bad units, the only difference being the bad ones will generate noise on forums such as this, with many jumping to conclusions. My own 2.3 Retina has to all intents and purposes a perfect display within the context of a portable, no dead pixels, no ghosting and only being slightly dimer than my Late 2011 15" MBP 2.4 i7, however as it`s an LG Philips panel I had better consider returning the Retina in the hope of a better, brighter Samsung :rolleyes: dont let the madness start to spiral. The more you dig into these things the more OCD triggers in some, if your display has fault return the machine to Apple dont be concerned with the background detail. If your display has no fault then enjoy it and dont worry that another venders display will make your life more harmonious, it wont.

    "The credit Apple deserves for the display extends beyond simply pushing LG to get a panel out on time and in large enough quantities."

    "In practice however Apple has delivered tightly integrated IPS panels with wonderful performance characteristics as a part of the Retina brand. I do hope that for the years to come Apple does not compromise on these fronts."

    As the individual you must filter the content of the internet very carefully, everyone is a "Pro", everyone is an "expert", for the most part they are not, some are well informed, most are not. If you need help to make a significant purchase, or qualification on hardware, wait for a recognised source, not the kid with 10 minutes hands on in Best Buy ;)


    See it`s starting already :rolleyes:
  24. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    That's more to do with LCD vs Plasma than LG vs Samsung.

    I would think in the case of this laptop, LG would be better. Does Samsung even make IPS displays? I was under the impression that they only do MVA. I know LG manufactures most of the high end IPS displays out there
  25. AndersBrohus macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    My screen is perfect! I love! :D

    It's an LG as far as i can see

    When i pasted the code into an terminal window it says

    Color LCD
    LP and some numbers and letters..

    So as i see it then its a LG ?

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