Some Users Experiencing Retina iPad Mini Image Retention Issues – Here’s How To Test It


Image credit:Marco Arment
Image credit: Marco Arment

Before the iPad mini launch, multiple reports surfaced that Apple had manufacturing issues with the Retina display of the smaller tablet, with the latest claiming panels manufactured by Sharp are suffering from display burn in. And it turns out the rumours are true.

In a blog post, Marco Arment notes that the problem was also present in the first-generation 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros, so last year he made a test page to find out whether his device had the issue or not. It had.

This problem was also present in many first-generation 15” Retina MacBook Pros, including mine, which I discovered by making a test page that first shows a large black-and-white checkerboard pattern for a few minutes […].

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.

Yesterday he used the same test page and found that his Retina iPad mini failed as well.

As he points out, not all iPad minis with Retina display have this image-retention issue, because Apple uses not one, but multiple suppliers. You can test if your iPad mini has image retention issues, by heading to this test page made my Marco.

If you find that your device has the issue, you can try an exchange in the next couple of weeks as the supply improves.



  • Erik Kappel

    Aha. Thanks for sharing this. This kind of thing is exactly why I didn’t rush to nab a new mini. It’s very hard to resist, but I want to put chances on my side that my unit will be problem-free!

  • wongnog

    No need to resist, if there is a problem with your unit then just bring it into an apple store within 1 year to have it exchanged under warranty.

  • Daniel

    I tried it left it on for the 10 minutes and glad to report mine doesn’t seem to have that issue . At least not that I could see. I do have a stuck pixel tho so it’ll be exchanged in Monday for that issue.

  • Willie

    Well, I did this with my (decidedly NOT retina) iPad 2 for 1 minute. It did show the pattern which gradually faded over several minutes. Obviously not a new prob nor one specific to retina displays