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Earlier this week, The Next Web noted that some early purchasers of the Retina MacBook Pro have been experiencing "ghosting" on their machines' displays, with remnants of previously-displayed screen contents remaining visible for some time afterward.
Some readers on the ASC forum have reported the image retention issue with as little as 20 minutes worth of use. However it's well worth noting that the problem isn't happening to everyone, and image retention isn't uncommon on IPS panels such as the one used in the new Pro.
Apple has reportedly been replacing machines affected by the issue, but tight supplies of the Retina MacBook Pro could result in waits for the replacement units.

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Ghosting on Retina MacBook Pro display (Source: Mac Performance Guide)
DisplayMate's Ray Soneira notes on his news page that such behavior is not restricted to IPS panels such as those used in the new Retina MacBook Pro, suggesting that the issue is likely an early production problem that Apple has perhaps already ironed out.
It used to be much more common, but now it's unusual to see it in a display. The cause varies: an electrostatic build up, a chemical impurity build up, a thermal imbalance, or an electronic levels issue within the panel. Depending on the cause it can be better to leave the display on with a dark uniform image, on with a bright uniform image, or turn the display off all together.
Apple continues to cite shipping estimates of 3-4 weeks for new Retina MacBook Pro orders amid high demand, and the company is apparently delaying some early custom-configured orders from business customers by up to a month from their original estimates.

Article Link: Some Retina MacBook Pro Users Experiencing Display 'Ghosting'
 

Jasoco

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May 28, 2006
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Well. Looks like the first generation curse still exists.

I'm still considering one though. I just have to try it in person before I make a decision. This wouldn't affect my decision as it'll be sorted out in time.
 

J.L.Photography

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Feb 23, 2012
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i promised not to fret to any of these allegations until i actually recieve mine and experience it first hand, then ill deal with it as the problems arise!

*cross my fingers*
 

brueck

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Jun 15, 2010
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This hasn't happened to me. I wonder how many machines have been affected and how many many machines are out there.
 

Quazimojo

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Apr 4, 2010
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These types of issues are totally random and it could still happen to people a year from now . Even if 5 out of 100 people have it that would be considered normal .

Great thing is that this is Apple and if you are not happy they will try their best to make you happy.

I guess the biggest issue right now is people waiting 3-4 weeks get one of these lemons and they might be stuck waiting another month for a replacement which is certainly frustrating .
 

3282868

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Jan 8, 2009
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Never buy first model revisions. Waiting for the "kinks" to get worked out before diving into one of these babies. (retina iPad was the first indication that "retina" systems may have a few issues, which is normal) :D
 

RabidMacFan

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Jun 19, 2012
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I've seen ghosting on my original iPad. Safari's location bar would sometimes ghost onto the Springboard, and it looked like it faded into the background. It really wasn't too noticeable though.
 

alehen

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My iPad 2 does that even after 5 minutes of use. It started on the borders, now I have image persistence all over the screen.. =[
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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Well. Looks like the first generation curse still exists.

I'm still considering one though. I just have to try it in person before I make a decision. This wouldn't affect my decision as it'll be sorted out in time.
Time to wait for refurbished models! Coming sooner than expected! :D
 

Object-X

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Aug 3, 2004
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That could be a problem if it ghosted the porn site you were looking at for too long.
 

Piggie

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Feb 23, 2010
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It is a shame this is happening.

It is strange, Screen issues seem to always be Apple's weak point. I don't know why this is. You would think after year of screen issues on earlier Apple products, and the fact that it's the screen that is, by it's very nature, in your face, they would do everything they can do to make sure future products do not suffer any noticeable flaws.

And yet, screen problems are almost guaranteed now on a new product.
It's a shame.
 

ugp

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Jan 7, 2008
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Like others are saying why I went with the Non-Retina for now. Wait a generation or so before I go with something that expensive.
 

rmwebs

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Apr 6, 2007
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My iPad 2 does that too...

My iPad 1 did it, and my iPad 3 does it. In fairness though, its hardly noticeable on the 3 - it was very noticeable on the 1.

All screens will do it if you leave the same thing on them for too long. Its rarely permanent though.

I remember my first flat-screen iMac in 2007. It worked beautifully, until about 2009 when it would ghost like crazy!
 

RonnieSan

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Jun 5, 2012
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Different Display Issue, Apple Replacing Mine

I have an open case with Apple care regarding a different display issue that I know a few people have also had. I had a small consistent light spot on my Retina display (others have reported several). The spot isn't due to ghosting and does not go away. It looks like a small 1/8 inch light spot and its more apparent at certain angles and against a lighter background.

I've already spoken with Apple Care and someone from the engineering department. They're very interested in the case. They're sending a replacement unit, but are treating defective units differently than new sales, so the replacements ship within 1-1.5 weeks rather than a whole month.

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Like others are saying why I went with the Non-Retina for now. Wait a generation or so before I go with something that expensive.

If you upgrade the non-retina to the same specs as the retina, it's $200 more and you don't get the retina screen.
 

charlieridley

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Jun 27, 2012
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My ipad 2 does this also. The apple "genius" told me that it is not a known issue and because its a year old its out of warranty so they wouldn't replace it.
 
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