The New iPad Screen Brightness?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iThink Apple, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. iThink Apple macrumors 6502a

    iThink Apple

    Aug 27, 2011

    So I bought the New iPad White 64GB and for some reason i'm very disappointed with the Brightness. It feels like my White iPad 2 was a LOT brighter. I'm I the only one? TY
  2. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
  3. soco macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
    I haven't run into a situation where it's not bright enough, so I've no idea. Let's mark this as official: Fabricated Issue Due to Buyer's Remorse #147.
  4. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    So at 100% brightness it is not as bright as you would like? I used both my iPad 1 and 2 at 50-60% and the 3 is on the same. Not a lot of difference for me.
  5. Diversion macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2007
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I think it's trickery.. The more natural color tones look not as bright.. It's been measured to be brighter than the iPad1/2..

    There's always the chance yours is busted.
  6. iThink Apple thread starter macrumors 6502a

    iThink Apple

    Aug 27, 2011
  7. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    Agreed...The iPad 2 is brighter
  8. iThink Apple thread starter macrumors 6502a

    iThink Apple

    Aug 27, 2011
    So i'm not crazy lol


    Maybe I have a defaulted iPad??
  9. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    I can't imagine being able to use it above about 60%. Crazy ambient lighting I guess.

    The tests I've seen had the output higher than the iPad2.
  10. Sdevante macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2008
    Mine also seems to be a bit dimmer, i.e., I tend to leave it at 80% or so brightness.
  11. TheNewEra macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2012
    I personally feel the complete opposite. My new iPad screen appears to be brighter than the iPad 2.
  12. JumpDog macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2009
    Auburn, AL

    The third generation is definitely a little less bright at 100%. However, when I compared my new iPad to my friend's iPad 2, anything from 0-75% seemed equivalent.

    I'm guessing that the lower maximum brightness is a result of Apple trying to keep the new iPad from overheating.

    It's not that big of an issue to me, since I keep mine around 75% anyway.
  13. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    It's not quite as bright as the iPad 2. I wish I could recall where I read a comparison done by a respected tech news site, but I can't.

    However, I turned mine up to 100% brightness and stopped outside in the sun and could still read the screen so its all good.
  14. kallyq macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2010
    Mine also isn't as bright and it is the one thing I do not like
  15. Sowelu macrumors regular


    Aug 15, 2008
    New York City
    Yes, the iPad appears to be a bit less bright (at full brightness) compared to the iPad 2. I’ve theorized that the dual LED retina display has the ability to be brighter, but also sips more power, so Apple might have capped it a bit to help keep battery life inline to what the masses are used to seeing.
  16. iThink Apple thread starter macrumors 6502a

    iThink Apple

    Aug 27, 2011
    Anyway to change this if the iPad gets jailbroken?
  17. Sowelu macrumors regular


    Aug 15, 2008
    New York City
    I wouldn't know as I do not use Jailbreak - and this is based off of assumptions, so I wouldn't put too much thought into it.
  18. themp Contributor


    Jun 18, 2011
    I don't think that the iPad 3 is less bright than previous versions... to me it seems more bright actually. What I have noticed is the slider sensitivity has changed. It allows you to have much more control in the dimmer range, below the half-way point. So if the slider is at 50%, the iPad 3 is definitely dimmer than the iPad 2 is at half slider, but when you move the slider past 50%, the brightness increases at a faster rate, up to or past the iPad 2 brightness. So it's like the slider is not to scale, where the slider from 0 - 50% is like brightness from 0 - 25%, whereas slider from 50% - 100% is like brightness from 25% - 100%. I'm having trouble explaining what I mean - does that make sense?

    I like the iPad 3 brightness control more - it allows you to tweak the brightness a lot more when using the iPad in the dark. I always found it hard to find the brightness sweet spot for night use with the iPad or iPad 2, but have no problem with the iPad 3.
  19. keviha macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2010
    FWIW....I have an Ipad 2 on one bedroom nightstand and new Ipad on the other. When docked I use them as alarm clocks. At night, it's clear my Ipad 2 is noticeably brighter at same settings...doesn't bother me or anything. YMMV.
  20. badtzwang macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2009
    #20 has some measurements on the new iPad's NITS

    The New iPad
    Maximum: 321 cd/m²
    Average: 303.7 cd/m²
    Brightness Distribution: 88 %
    Center on Battery: 319 cd/m²
    Black: 0.38 cd/m²
    Contrast: 839:1

    The iPad 2
    Maximum: 396 cd/m²
    Average: 368.7 cd/m²
    Brightness Distribution: 89 %
    Center on Battery: 354 cd/m²
    Black: 0.42 cd/m²
    Contrast: 843:1
  21. jazzy639 macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
  22. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    I have both my iPad 2 and my new iPad side-by-side and the new one isn't quite as bright. I had to turn the brightness up. I use the iPad 2 at 50% or so but the new iPad around 60% for the displays to be about the same. I'm sure it's due to the different display tech. It's more noticible to me when I'm looking at them at a bit of an angle.

    But unless you use it at 100% I can't see how it's a problem.
  23. klover macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    My new iPad is slightly brighter than my first-gen. However, it seems to be darker at the lowest setting which helps with reading.
  24. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    I can tell you FOR A FACT that the iPad 3 is MUCH brighter than the original iPad (iPad 1).

    Contrast on the new iPad is astronomically better, colors are very bright, vivid and clear, I absolutely LOVE the display on the new iPad, it's wonderful!
  25. mrkenyatta macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2008
    My iPad 2 is much brighter than my new iPad (3rd gen).

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