Should I exchange this iPad? (Pic)

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by octiceps, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. octiceps macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2013
    Hey y'all, first time iPad user here. :)

    I recently bought a refurbished 16 GB iPad 3 (WiFi) online through the Apple Store website. It arrived in pristine condition and has worked great for the last 3 months.

    However, I was watching a movie in bed last night and noticed some white patches at the top of the screen where the letterboxing was. Further investigation and testing confirmed that my unit definintely has some backlight bleeding,

    It's looks like maybe 10-15 small white patches along the top and left edges. This is what it looks like with a completely black screen and maximum brightness in a dark room:


    I have no prior experience with this issue or iPads in general, so do the knowledgeable folks on this board think I should go to the Apple Store and request an exchange? Since I am still early in my warranty period it would be best to do this sooner rather than later.

    Is it possible to get a perfect iPad with absolutely no bleeding on any of the edges (like the bottom and left in my picture) or is this just something inherent in the design/manufacturing of the device?

    Thanks for the help!
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I've seen worse, and if it doesn't effect your viewing I'd say leave it. It's too easy to get involved in a search for the perfect screen.
  3. beauparc macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Problem is that now you have noticed this "Bleeding", you are going to be looking for the slightest imperfection on any other iPad you get and absolute perfection is hard to find.

    Personally, I would do as Macman45 suggests.
  4. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    I've had an iPad mini since launch and I've never checked it for light bleeding. Just use the device and enjoy it. If you don't, you will be spending a ton of time trying to find the perfect device like Macman45 said.
  5. octiceps thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2013
    Thanks for the info everyone. Looks like I'll be keeping the iPad. To be honest, I don't notice the backlight bleeding at all unless I'm specifically testing for it. I wouldn't crank up the brightness to maximum in a dark room anyway.

    Just out of curiosity, I also took this opportunity to check the screen uniformity of all my LCD monitors and laptops and sure enough, every single one of them had visible bleeding to some extent. Unsurprisingly, my Dell IPS monitor was probably the closest to perfect, but it did cost more than the entire iPad. Seems to me that these uniformity-related problems are an inevitable reality of LCD's in general.
  6. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    They are. Even both of my Samsung TVs have some sort of light bleed. As long as it's not just in your face noticeable, I wouldn't worry about it.

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