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iPad mini 2 delays blamed on screen burn issues

Luke Johnson


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The iPad mini 2 release date is reportedly facing delays, with supply chain sources hinting that the new 7.9-inch Retina display is said to be suffering from screen burn issues.

Although Apple has to date stated only that the iPad mini 2 release would be held “later in November,” it has been suggested that the second-generation tablet was originally intended to go on sale alongside the iPad Air on November 1 before being hit by delays.

With recent reports suggesting Apple has been forced to turn to Samsung for additional iPad mini 2 panels, news outlets in Korea have now claimed that the original Sharp manufacturer displays have been plagued by burn-in issues.

Although the burn issues are said to not be visible to the average user, it is reported that the panels have not been able to meet Apple’s high test standards.

According to the industry insiders: “Apple is delaying its launch because it could not solve the burn-in problem in the LCD panel, to be applied to the iPad mini retina product, which is caused by the malfunction of the TFT.”

The sources added: “If the burn-in problem is not solved, Apple will be in a fix. If Apple relaxes the technological standards for the burn-in, consumers’ perception of Apple may deteriorate, and if not, it will have to change its supply chain and delay the launch of the new product.”

The iPad mini was officially unveiled last month, with the new Retina display one of the second-generation tablet’s biggest improvements.

Further iPad mini 2 features include the addition of the same 64-bit A7 processor as the iPhone 5S and the company’s recently launched iOS 7 mobile operating system.

Read More: iPad mini 2 vs Google Nexus 7

Via: ETNews


November 8, 2013, 4:34 pm

Apple has already compromised their reputation. They persist in shipping their MacBook Pro with inferior LG display. The display suffers from screen burn-in. Apple already knows about the issue, as demonstrated by forums, but refuse to change supplier or acknowledge the inherent flaw.

This is a major reason why I have not purchased a MacBook Pro.

I do not think the burn-in issue of Retina Ipad Mini will affect their decision to release the product. They are no longer the company the used to be. Steve Jobs would have done something about it.


November 10, 2013, 1:31 pm

Display manufacturers can only make so many large retina displays that pass Apple’s quality control. That’s why Apple uses multiple suppliers. Sometimes bad panels make it through QC, but Apple, in my experience, has always made good on their warrantees. I had an LG display on my 2012 rMBP which had the persistence problem and they replaced it, yet most people who have the LG displays have no problems.

Now that Dell is making laptops with displays similar to Apple’s retinas’, let’s see how they fare, ‘cuz I guarantee that Dell isn’t nearly as concerned about quality as Apple.


November 10, 2013, 1:51 pm

It’s called persistence, not burn-in. Two entirely different physical phenomena. Burn-in is physical damage to the phosphor layer on the inside of a CRT by a high intensity electron beam. Persistence is mostly a temporary condition of LCD screens caused by pixels returning to their relaxed state more slowly than they should.

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