MacBook Pro with Retina Display users suffering from screen burn-in

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mabook-pro-retina-3-640.jpgReports are coming in that users of Apple’s brand-spanking new MacBook Pro with Retina Display are suffering from burn-in markings on their super-high definition screens and image retention.

The problem seems to affect MacBook Pros sporting Retina Display’s built by LG, rather than those manufactured by Samsung, with LG’s screens also reportedly appearing less bright and with inaccurate colour reproduction.

To check if your panel is one of the LG-made screens identified to be at risk, use this terminal command:

ioreg -lw0 | grep “EDID” | sed “/[^<]*</s///” | xxd -p -r | strings -6

You will then be presented with a model number. You’re looking for a model code with an “LP” prefix, something like LP154YL01001. Models with the “LS” prefix are built by Samsung, and so far have had no reported problems.

If you are worried your screen may be affected, you can avoid damage by using a screensaver, or setting your panel to switch off when it’s not being used for extended stretches of time. If you think your panel has already been damaged, contact AppleCare customer support or visit your local Apple Store.

Via :TUAW

Gerald Lynch

24 comments

  • The proper command is

    ioreg -lw0 | grep “EDID” | sed “/[^<]*</s///” | xxd -p -r | strings -6

    you have to use escape entities for left angle brackets.

  • Ooooo what a bad site. Even the comments fail LOL. Advise visit the source (TUAW) instead. Copy the right command there and paste it in your Terminal (XQuartz) using alt-click. Strings beginning with LSN are indicating a Samsung display. 

  • The command should be: 

    ioreg -lw0 | grep “EDID” | sed “/[^<]*</s///" | xxd -p -r | strings -6

    (see TUAW source) 
    copy the command and paste it in the XQwuarz terminal by: alt-click 
    hit enter and hope you win the lottery 🙂

    You've won when the identifier string starts with "LSN", then you have a Samsung display

    LOL, what a bad article, full of errors. Jump to the source instead 😛

  • Ooooo what a bad site. Even the comments fail LOL. Advise visit the source (TUAW) instead. Copy the right command there and paste it in your Terminal (XQuartz) using alt-click. Strings beginning with LSN are indicating a Samsung display. 

  • I have this exact problem! It’s very distracting on dark backgrounds and renders the display useless for photo editing / graphic design since you never know if what you are seeing is a screen artifact or something that is part of the image.

  • I have this exact problem! It's very distracting on dark backgrounds and renders the display useless for photo editing / graphic design since you never know if what you are seeing is a screen artifact or something that is part of the image.

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