Do you see a ghost in your MacBook Pro with Retina display?
Next Web reports that some early adapters of Apple’s “greatest computer ever created,” are experiencing a “ghosting” issue on their Retina MacBook Pro, meaning there is an image-retention issue after the machine has been idle on a screen showing the same image. The report points out that it takes as little as 20 minutes to create the ghosting effect.
As technology has progressed, displays have improved their likelihood of not ghosting. The best example was when flatscreen plasma television sets were first getting popular. Your parents would warn you to keep your video games paused for too long because the image would stick, or burn in on the screen.
“It used to be much more common, but now it’s unusual to see it in a display,” Ray Soneira of DisplayMate said on his news page. “The cause varies: an electrostatic build up, a chemical impurity build up, a thermal imbalance, or an electronic levels issue within the panel. Depending on the cause it can be better to leave the display on with a dark uniform image, on with a bright uniform image, or turn the display off all together.”
Apple is replacing machines affected by the issue, according to MacRumors, but supplies are obviously tight. It’s unclear how long it would take to replace a “ghosted” machine, but it’s safe to assume that those who dropped $2,100 or more on the thin laptop won’t be happy to return it so soon.
Apple released its Retina MacBook Pro June 11 at its WorldWide Developer’s Conference. It is significantly thinner than the normal MacBook Pro; features a solid-state hard drive and the ultra-sharp Retina display.
This isn’t the first case of the first-generation curse. The most recent example was when the iPhone 4 was released and early adapters figured out that you could cut the signal by putting your finger over the antenna on the side of the phone.
While it’s unclear how many MacBook Pros with Retina display are affected by this problem, it’s safe to assume that the users are not holding it wrong.