Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Now the new iPad has a retina screen, does that mean we can't see dead pixels anymore?

share|improve this question
up vote 5 down vote accepted

You will still be able to see the defect.

What retina means is that once two items with similar contrast get close enough together, you can't tell them apart - it appears to be one item.

Along a line, for instance, you can't tell where each pixel that makes the line is, but you can clearly see the edge created by the line on the contrasting background.

A dead pixel creates a contrast you'll be able to see. If you have two dead pixels next to each other, you might think you only have one. But you will be able to see them if the pixels surrounding them contrast.

share|improve this answer

No, you can still see dead pixels perfectly well - if you go close enough.

Actually, I received two new iPads - both with a few dead pixels (always black).

It was in both cases a patch of dead pixels, for one device I estimate around 4-6 and for the other 2-3; the patches were in different locations.

As the pixels are now so small, dead pixels are far less disturbing - nevertheless, I sent back both iPads because of that.

share|improve this answer
Did you simply return the iPads or did you get them replaced with non-dead-pixel models? – CajunLuke Apr 4 '12 at 19:55
The second was the replacement for the first one, and when I found dead pixels again I returned it for a refund... – iolsmit Apr 4 '12 at 20:32
Wow, bad luck with two defective iPads. – CajunLuke Apr 4 '12 at 20:39

You can still see dead pixels on the new iPad screen, but they are less obvious than on previous models.

share|improve this answer
Welcome to Ask Different! Please consider providing more detail in your answer to make it higher quality. See here for more information: – jtbandes Apr 5 '12 at 5:48

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.