Reports of Retina iPad Mini Burn-In Complains Pouring In!

Rafia Shaikh

As reports from discontented users of the very latest Retina iPad Mini are coming in, some portion of the first batch of iPad Mini seems to be plagued with screen retention issues. These user claims of iPad Mini image retention actually supersede the reports from Korean ETNews which had reported the issues last week on production problems with Sharp-made IGZO Retina panels.

Instapaper creator Marco Arment also shared an unpleasant discovery of his personal Retina iPad Mini's problem of image retention on his blog yesterday. He also commented that this issue was presented in many first gen 15 inch Retina MacBook Pros including his own machine.

In the past too many manufacturing issues forced Apple to negotiate with Samsung Display for the supply of 7.9 inch Retina screens - starting next year - as Samsung's display unit is apparently the first to solve the technological problem.

The cause of this iPad Mini image retention problem is malfunctioning of Sharp’s thin-film transistor screen technology. Sharp is responsible for some 40 percent of all Retina launch orders for the new iPad Mini - remaining being supplied by the LG Display.

Arment found this by running a simple test which fills up the iPad’s screen with a large black-and-white checkerboard pattern for a few minutes. You can run this test yourself by pointing your new iPad Mini to Arment's page here.

If the LCD panel has an image retention issue, a faint impression of the checkerboard will still be visible on the solid gray image, usually fading over the next few minutes - Marco explains.

Some consumers are thinking about buying the iPad Mini Retina after a little while when LG tech starts coming out. Many may even postpone their planned purchase until early 2014, when Samsung-made Retina will be sported by the iPad Minis.

If you are one of those users who have suffered from iPad Mini image retention issue, you should pay a visit to the Apple Store to have it exchanged for a new unit.

Let us know if you also noticed any burn-ins in your latest Mini!

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