Weird creeping LCD 'rot' on 4th gen Touch

garnerx

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Anyone know what this might be? It started a few days ago as a short black bar right the top of the screen, and it's now migrating down the display (top of the image is the top of the iPod screen).

To the naked eye it looks like iron filings, and I can squish the screen to make them move elsewhere. I've mostly pushed them out of the area where the artist name is displayed in the music player. Now that I've taken a photo it's clearly individual pixels.

Is there any known cure or is this the 'grey goo' of iPod screens?



Edit: check it out, I turned it on a few hours later and it's moved again.
 
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mwhals

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If you can get to an Apple store, you could ask them. Also, the LCD screen can be replaced if you want to take it to a smartphone repair shop.
 

garnerx

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Last time I went to the Apple store with a broken iPod (a 4th gen nano that stopped turning on a few weeks out of warranty) they wanted to charge almost as much to fix it as a new one would have cost. Maybe third-party repair could be an option if it gets really bad, but it's only a music player - as long as I can read the list of songs it's still fit for purpose.