My device isn't broken. I confirmed this on many iPad 2 and iPad 3 I have access to, both with iOS 6 and 7. But I can't reproduce it at will.

There is something that triggers it. And then it becomes easy to reproduce. Just leave the home screen on for long enough (make it 10 minutes) and lock the phone (so you'll be sure to notice the effect). You'll see the dock bar icons are still slightly "burned" in the screen. Here's the best photo I could take so far (since I decided to pursue this):

See the safari icon slightly burned there, in the center? It can get much worse.

See the safari icon slightly burned there, in the center? It can get much worse. I've added a reference as what the icon originally looks like, rotated 90 degrees in that image.

So, question here is: Can anyone else reproduce this? Is this really an apple issue? Did this happened in previous iOS versions? I never seem it in any android device.

Obviously it isn't the same hardware issue as the original screen burns, but it's so weird that if it wasn't stand still in the same screen place even after rotating the screen, I would suspect it could be some odd software / firmware bug.

  • This is a hardware issue. Commented Dec 13, 2013 at 19:45
  • @MatthieuRiegler yeah, I also think so. Even firmware issue would be pushing it a lot... But I mean it's so weird it even looks like software some times.
    – cregox
    Commented Dec 13, 2013 at 20:11

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I can't reproduce it, I can however tell you that it's a pretty common problem.

I've had the same thing happen on my Retina MacBook Pro. Rumor has it that it's especially common on displays manufactured by LG.

  • So basically anything coming from china, huh? (i.e. every display)
    – cregox
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 16:35
  • @Cawas: Haha, no. Apple has several display suppliers for their products. The two main ones are LG and Samsung. Samsung generally produce excellent quality displays no matter where they're produced (compared to LG). Technically that's my personal opinion but I'm not the only one thinking this (Google it if you're interested).
    – Lasse
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 16:38

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