The New iPad Screen Brightness?

iThink Apple

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Aug 27, 2011
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Hi,

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
 

soco

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Dec 14, 2009
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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.
 

Stealthipad

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Apr 30, 2010
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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.
 

Diversion

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Oct 5, 2007
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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.
 

brentsg

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Oct 15, 2008
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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.
 

TheNewEra

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

JumpDog

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Jul 15, 2009
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Auburn, AL
Yep.

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.
 

barkomatic

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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.
 

Sowelu

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Aug 15, 2008
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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.
 

iThink Apple

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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.
Anyway to change this if the iPad gets jailbroken?
 

themp

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Jun 18, 2011
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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.
 

keviha

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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.
 

badtzwang

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Sep 1, 2009
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www.notebookcheck.net 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
 

donnaw

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Apr 19, 2011
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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.
 

klover

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

WardC

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Oct 17, 2007
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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!