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Jaundiced Screens are Here to Stay But Light Leaks on the new iPad Are Not

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So, I took a trip to the Apple Store last night to talk about the yellowish tint I’ve been talking about on the new iPad’s Retina display. Yesterday afternoon, before I left work, I started to see posts that included pictures of light leaks around the bezel on some units. Of course I took a look at my new iPad and yep, there was a light leak at the top of the screen just left of the front facing camera. Others are seeing this at other locations around the bezel.

When I got to the Apple Store I brought up the yellowish tint first. The Genius informed me that what I was seeing as yellowish tint was due to different manufactures providing screen hardware. I pressed a bit on this. If what I’m reading about this issue and what the Genius says is true, then I would think this would be of concern to photographers who really pay attention to color balance.  But, at least for that conversation that was last night’s bottom line.

Do note this. Apple’s stores are well very well lit. Before checking in at the Genius Bar, I took at look at the new iPads on display. Given the lighting it was tough to compare any real differences with my new iPad. So, if this yellowish tint is an issue for you, it won’t show up in these very well and brightly lit stores.

That wasn’t the case with the light leak. That was a no brainer, let’s exchange your unit discussion that took all of a few minutes to complete. In all honesty, I would not have noticed this light leak had I not seen others talking about it on line. My recommendation is to take a good look at your iPad’s screen where the bezel meets the display to see if you have this issue. Of course if you do, you know what to do.

Here’s a pretty lousy picture of the light leak on my device.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

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  1. Guest Fly

    03/20/2012 at 5:10 pm

    Wow. Thanks to this article, I checked my ipads. My new yellow tinted screen ipad has significant light leakage all along the top right HALF of the screen! So its definitely going back now. Definitely noticeable when watching movies. My ipad 2 is flawless and perfect.

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