iPad mini rMini Yellow on one end of the screen white on the other?

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  1. lindafus macrumors member

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    :mad: I bought a rMini at Best Buy yesterday and when I got home with it I had a dual colored screen! About two inches from the bottom was all yellow and it jumped right out at me the moment I turned it on! I tried using it on bright for a few hours but it never changed. I returned it for another this morning and held my breath as I turned the replacement on. This one is PERFECT :D. I now have an iPad Air 32 LTE and rMini 32 with perfect screens.

    My point here is all those messages I read here on MacRumors about people receiving faulty screens and members sorta dismissing it as being OCD? The defective screens are real and the people reporting them are reporting some pretty harsh defects.

    I have purchased way too many iPads over the years, this is the first time I received one that was truly defective. I am now a believer, Apple needs better quality control. These devices are way too expensive to accept anything less then perfect. Make sure before you leave the Apple store or Best Buy yours is not defective!

    -LindaFus
     
  2. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

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    I have one on order from Apple.com but I'm going to go on which display it has from the serial number now to make sure I don't get a sharp.
     
  3. Szarky macrumors 6502a

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    You give me hope then. I was thinking about returning my bottom 1/4 yellow rMini and now I may try to exchange it. If the 2nd one has the yellow though I may pickup a 1st gen Mini and use it until next year when I'd probably get a 3rd gen Mini if they fix their screen issues.
     
  4. lshirase macrumors regular

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    My sharp is perfect. Zero issues with IR, tinting, etc.
     
  5. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

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    There seems to be no pattern that I can see anymore. Faults by suppliers are starting to look like a spirograph. :p
     
  6. Szarky macrumors 6502a

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    How can you tell who manufactured your rMini?
     
  7. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

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    The first 4 letters of the serial number are what people are using. Some people think this signifies screens used, others date and location of manufacture which may indicate which screens where used, others believe they mean nothing. DMPL - LG, DMQL - Samsung, DLXL - Sharp.
     
  8. Szarky macrumors 6502a

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    DLXL here. Definitely got yellow on bottom 1/4 of screen. Going to exchange mine, if 2nd one has same problem I'm getting a gen 1 Mini(possible used even).
     
  9. fanchee macrumors 6502a

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    Use this to test for yellowing.

    I found that in the apple support discussions.
     
  10. Szarky macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, this is great. Tested mine, definitely yellow on the bottom.
     
  11. lewy macrumors regular

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    Same here, I've exchanged it and it's even worst.
     
  12. CC117 macrumors 6502

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    My retina mini has yellow on the bottom half of the screen.

    But I'm waiting until the end of the holiday return period to exchange it as I am hoping a new batch will have less issues.
     
  13. shadowyman macrumors member

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    How would you know that without opening the package?
     
  14. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

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    When I go to exchange it when in store I mean, although according to some posters, the serial number might not be entirely accurate way of determining the screen manufacturer.
     
  15. lewy macrumors regular

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    Yeah, that's exactly what we are supposed to do I think.
     
  16. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Thank you for this.....showed the issue perfectly just in case I needed to show Apple. I could see the issue in iBooks and while reading these forums in landscape.....was driving me nuts!!!

    Just returned it to Apple, I think I FINALLY got an even white screen!! Or course it has the image retention issue, but I could care less about that, it'll never effect me.

    -Kevin
     
  17. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    Do perfect whit minis exist? If so could you post the first part of your serial number?
     
  18. jterp7 macrumors 6502a

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    Gamutgate aside, the sharp models in store lacked the yellowing i had on my returned rmini.
     
  19. The Dougler macrumors member

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    I returned 2 with yellow screens at the apple store. Waiting for another one to arrive via apple.com. If that ones yellow its going back and I'll wait a few months for the to nail down the quality issues.
     
  20. Bstephens macrumors newbie

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    I've got the dmxl and mine seems fine on the yellowing and retention test.
     
  21. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    As perfect as the rMini is going to get in my opinion.....at least there are no real bad tinting on this one.

    Serial starts with: DQTL

    Like I said....has the image retention issue....I'll have to wait and see if I notice it in normal use.

    -Kevin
     
  22. Szarky macrumors 6502a

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    It's not about being perfect white it's about being perfectly uniform and even. I don't prefer one over the other when it comes to warm vs. cool white, I just can't stand when the bottom 1/3 or 1/4 is different from the rest of the screen.
     
  23. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    EXACTLY!

    Give me an even screen that's not tweety bird yellow and I'm fine.

    -Kevin
     
  24. shadowjeff macrumors regular

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    Exactly what I was thinking too, uneven tint is clearly a defect, unlike the color gamut issue, which is a manufacturing decision. Both my rMini and my previous exchanged mini had the same issue with a blue tint near the top and yellow tint on the bottom. Waiting for another shipment to come in to the apple store so I can exchange it.
     
  25. John-crichton macrumors newbie

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    Exactly the same case for me. (32Gb wifi white rMini)
    Got 3 yellowish rMini in a row in the same AS in Paris.
    First one was almost yellow over all screen, with a wider yellow tint on the left side. (DLXLL)
    The second one has 1st 1/3 bottom part of the screen yellow (DLXLN)
    The same day I've tried to exchange this second one cheking directly in the store. Unfortunately, it was exactly the same than my second one ... but worse (Bottom 1/3 part of the screen was yellow, even more colored). (DLXLL).
    The guy immediatly saw it at the welcome grey screen before initial configuration.

    I kept the second one, waiting to exchange it later. We commonly decided with the apple store guys (who where seeing the default like me) that this was no use to check for other units to have another defect.
    This was quite annoying because it gives you the impression
    First : to use a lot of units and to prevent others to pick one ; stocks seems to be very low and you need to reserve first (that what I've done 3 times to have the chance to try/exchange another unit).
    Second : to be very picky (that's what I'm not really usually)

    Note that all demo units (16gb wifi white) were quite good with DLXK or DLXLK don't remember exactly.

    I don't really care about gamut, i'd only like to have a plain uniform white screen.
    Do you have any idea of what that could be ?
     

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