What's wrong with the iPad in this photo?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ad42, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. ad42 macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2015
    I'm considering buying a used iPad. The seller has listed it with the following photo. Under what circumstances would the display be all white, save for "no SIM" and the battery indicator? It doesn't seem like something I would expect to see under normal circumstances (I've never owned an iPad, so please excuse my ignorance).

  2. DNichter macrumors 604


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I have owned many iPad's and have never seen that screen. I would steer clear unless the seller can send you pictures from the welcome screen.
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I would be wary if I could not hold it and inspect in person. Is it still under warranty? You can check with the serial number.
  4. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Apr 13, 2017
    iPad with grey sync cable? And a blue screen? I would not trust that,it's either broken,stolen or some Korean fake crap.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I would request additional pictures and the serial number to ensure it's not a counterfeit device.
  6. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Thats only the lighting of the photo. Screen is normal (cool tint) and its a normal lightning cable.

    With that being said, I have never seen that screen either. Definitely try to get serial number and try to verify with Apple before proceeding.
  7. zone23 macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2012
    My advise is to buy one that works out of the box.
  8. ad42 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2015
    Thank you for all the responses. I thought I'd see if the screen was indicative of any known problem, and save myself a journey! The seller says it's working fine, so I think the only way I'm going to find out is to go and have a look for myself...
  9. chevelleguy3 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2013
    Mckinney, TX
    Most likely they took that picture from the initial setup screen where it says "Hello" in all the different languages. I'm only saying that because I just took pics of an old iPad to sell and one pic came out like that because the camera snapped the pic right after "Hello" disappeared. The No Sim is just because there isn't a SIM card in it.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 19, 2017 ---
    Here's the pic of mine, keep in mind it's not a Wifi+Cellular. It's just a Wifi only model

    Attached Files:

  10. alex.houston macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2016
    As chevelleguy3 said, yes it's possible to have that kind of screenshot. I attached pics of iPhone 5 on iOS 9 just after erasing it. It goes through message "Hello > slide to setup" in different languages. If you take a pic just in between two different languages, you get the screenshot like in your pic.
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It is all about color balance. You can not make choices based on an image like this due to the poor lighting.
  12. DMVillain macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    Grey? Blue? Am I colorblind?
  13. SDColorado macrumors 68030


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    Of course if the seller was smart, he/she would have retaken the photo, after seeing the result of the photo. If it was mine I also would have taken one before I wiped it with a recent time/date displayed.

    It doesn't take long to wipe it again. Why not have them fire it up and show the current date?
  14. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Be careful; since the activation lock screen happens AFTER the "Hello" screen, this iPad may be activation locked.

    I would not buy unless you could meet the seller in person and verify that you can activate the iPad.

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