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Some iPad Mini with Retina Display Units Showing Image Retention Issue

by Todd Haselton | November 15, 2013November 15, 2013 3:30 pm PST


The iPad Mini with Retina display just launched recently, and already we might be seeing hints as to why the launch was later than that of the iPad Air. Marc Arment, the developer behind the popular application Instapaper, recently spotted his iPad mini with Retina display was showing an old image on the screen, minutes after closing the app. In the shot above, for example, you can see the remains of a checkered pattern still on the screen. “It’s pretty hard to see in photos,” Arment said. “It’s easier to see in person.” This problem is called image retention, and it’s not exactly something you want to see after dropping at least $399 on a new tablet.

The issue could call back rumors that Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display is in short display due to display problems. Those rumors point to burn-in issues with Sharp’s IGZO displays. Sharp provides some of the display units for the iPad mini with Retina display, and apparently the problem is holding back its production. Burn-in isn’t the same as image retention; the former is permanent while the latter only lasts for a little while. Still, if you’re trying to type and email and you still see some artifacts from the last app you had open, that can be an annoying problem.

So far there’s no comment from Apple, but if you’re within your return period and you’re already noticing this problem, you might want to head back and exchange your iPad mini with Retina display for a new unit.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...