iPad Dead Pixel Test: How To

Though it comes as no surprise, we've gotten emails from a number of readers who received an iPad with dead pixels and we've read about many more around the web. This comes with the territory, dead and stuck pixels are a reality of LCD technology. Different manufacturers have different policies on what constitutes an unacceptable number of dead or stuck pixels, and thus at what point the product in question is exchanged as defective. So where does Apple stand on the iPad?

Apple has no definitive guidelines on what they consider an egregious number of dead or stuck pixels on any of their products. However, Apple has traditionally been very fair and balanced when it comes to warranty exchanging their products due to customer complaints about dead or stuck pixels -- especially in the case of the iPhone. Chances are, the iPad is no different.

So how do you check to see if your iPad has dead or stuck pixels? We've put together an altogether un-fancy, but terribly simple way to check your iPad for dead or stuck pixels.

Instructions:

  1. If you're not already, view this page on your iPad
  2. Tap and hold each of the images above and select "Save Image"
  3. Open Photos from your iPad's home screen and scroll down to find the colored images
  4. View each image full screen (the images are large enough to fill your iPad screen without zooming). The contrast provided by each color should allow you to see any dead or stuck pixels.

We find this method to be better than the in-browser dead pixel tests we've found as it allows you to investigate all areas of the iPad screen, whereas the in-browser pages leave part of the screen hidden by the browser bar (even with rotation).

Of course, the vast majority of iPad owners won't experience any such issues. Apple has, overall, a very robust quality control which prevents most LCDs with pixel issues from ever hitting the street. Still, as mentioned above, we've already heard from and read about customers who picked up or received iPads with dead pixels, including one MacRumors.com forum member for whom Apple swapped out four consecutive iPad because of dead or stuck pixels. Regardless of Apple's historical good will on the issue, however, LCD pixel issues are best detected and handled early in the product's life span.

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What! No app for that! :) (joke)

What! No app for that! :) (joke)

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Actually, you can use an app for that. :) I threw a copy of myLite Flashlite onto my ipad. It filled the screen,

Actually, you can use an app for that. :) I threw a copy of myLite Flashlite onto my ipad. It filled the screen, and one of the options is a slider to choose what color the screen is, so I went through the red, green, and blue that way.

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Hey everyone, I have a dead pixel on my 64GB iPad 3G+Wifi (ordered online from Apple) and it showed up with a d

Hey everyone,

I have a dead pixel on my 64GB iPad 3G+Wifi (ordered online from Apple) and it showed up with a dead pixel and I confirmed it with this test. I called my local store and they said they would replace it. They had me make a genius bar appointment and I should be all set.

Sincerely,
Mac Enthusiast - Dewey

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So I exchanged my dead pixel iPad for another one. They had no qualms doing so. I got home plug it in and run the

So I exchanged my dead pixel iPad for another one. They had no qualms doing so. I got home plug it in and run the test and yet another dead pixel on this one. Albeit in a less annoying place. I read on macrumors that one guy replaced his three times so he could get one with out a dead pixel. The rep at my store said this was the first dead pixel return he has heard of for the store.

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hi i have a new ipad 64 gb wi fi +3g but today doesn't want to turn on i don't know what's going on tommorrow i wi

hi i have a new ipad 64 gb wi fi +3g but today doesn't want to turn on i don't know what's going on tommorrow i will go to the store to get a new one is only 1 week and is brooken all ready.

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I had a unit with dust under the screen and took it to the geniuses. After looking at 6 repair units we finally

I had a unit with dust under the screen and took it to the geniuses.

After looking at 6 repair units we finally found one without a dead pixel or dust under the screen.

An interesting note is that the last one was packaged in the box with foam and not a plastic cover. Maybe they found a problem and this is the indicator of a newer unit.

7 total bad screens and number 8 was good.

Makes you wonder what value designed in california has if its made in china.

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I have a dead pixel smack in the middle of my iPad, and it's really bothering me. But it's only one dead pixel, so

I have a dead pixel smack in the middle of my iPad, and it's really bothering me. But it's only one dead pixel, so would the apple store still replace it, no charge?

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I just bought an iPad 24 hours ago and I noticed the dead pixel immediately. The pixel is located in an annoying p

I just bought an iPad 24 hours ago and I noticed the dead pixel immediately. The pixel is located in an annoying place, for me at least, and the Apple Store would not replace it. He said that since the screen is so large when they cut it that it's a common occurrence. I think I'm going to take it to a different store and try to get it replaced through them.

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Re: iPad Dead Pixel Test: How To

Yesterday I have discovered a stuck pixel after 2 months of use of my 32GB 3G iPad.
Today I called Apple but they said that Apple does not change or fix my iPad because I have only one pixel defeat. It is true ? Apple can do thus really ?

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Re: iPad Dead Pixel Test: How To

My iPad has a dead pixel at the first use.
Does it have guaranty or not. Apple has a lot of ads about this product.

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I've gone through 6 iPads one after the other having dead pixels or even more commonly- small dust particles or so

I've gone through 6 iPads one after the other having dead pixels or even more commonly- small dust particles or some debris between the glass and the LCD.
I've given up. I'm on #6 and it has 2 dust particles. One I can't see often at all, the other when I'm kinda looking for it.
Oh yea. The 6th one came with a nice scratch on the back. I figure since it's going to be exposed, and it's going to get scratched anyway and I don't look the back- it's moot. But it is pathetic how apples quality control has completely gone down the shitter.

Their design is genius and beautiful. The build quality is crap.
Way to go Apple.

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Anyone have to deal with non-responsive areas on their ipad2? Certain areas seem dead while other areas are overla

Anyone have to deal with non-responsive areas on their ipad2? Certain areas seem dead while other areas are overlapping with a near by section.

Apple customer service gave me some instruction but in the end I will be taking it in to the store and see what they tell me.

Additionally, it has the light leakage at the boarders so that too will be part of the discussion.

I still like the "giant iPhone" i'd just like it to work properly.

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Just open the url with your safari. http://display.bbgxzx.com i thiink it goes more better

Just open the url with your safari.
http://display.bbgxzx.com
i thiink it goes more better

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I feel your pain. Same issue here. I barely had mine for a month. Noticed a dead pixel. I thought, "For what these

I feel your pain. Same issue here. I barely had mine for a month. Noticed a dead pixel. I thought, "For what these cost... I don't think so!" Took it back to the Apple Store in Indy. Associate comes back with a new one and says, "You know what's funny? The first one I pulled off the shelf in back for you had two dead pixels. But I checked this one, and it's good." I didn't think it was very funny. He turned on the new one and I looked at it carefully. No dead pixels. "Fine," I thought. "Must have been a lemon."

Well guess what? That was only three days ago. And what did I just find today? Another damn dead pixel!
I'm pissed, to say the least. I'm just gonna keep going back for fresh new iPads every couple of weeks, I guess. I'm beginning to think this is a major problem. I didn't buy an iPad for it's touted sexy screen only to have it riddled with pixel death.

- Steve

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Re: So I exchanged my dead pixel iPad for another one. They had no qualms doing so. I got home plug it in and run the

It happened to me two times. Looks like this is a constant problem for iPad but Apple has been keeping to hiden.

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Oh, give it time. Personally, I prefer this over wasting space on and taking the time to install an app.

Oh, give it time. Personally, I prefer this over wasting space on and taking the time to install an app.