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Apple iWatch Series Facing Criticism Over Display Backlight Bleed

Apple’s latest Series 6 smartwatch released in September of 2020 might come under close scrutiny. Of late a couple of posts on popular Apple forums like MacRumors and r/AppleWatch have questioned the build quality of the Apple Watch Series. Now, don’t get your knickers in a twist. The relation between the two former and latter participants shall be made clear. If that has got your attention, keep reading.

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Recently, a Reddit user u/Moist-Secretary-2816 claimed that the iWatch Series 3 has light bleeding from the edges while making use of the flashlight. Given the rather tight-fitting construction of the Apple Watch, it raises the question of whether the internal structure has been compromised.

Similar questions have been raised on MacRumors forums as well. Most of the participating comments were hinting at a possible paranoia on the owner’s behalf. The opinion went in favor of the Watch’s AMOLED screen which doesn’t have light leakage as the conventional LCD display does. Most users went so far as to claim that it was only light being reflected off the bezel.

However, other posts on Reddit do indicate the presence of light leakage in the much more recent iWatch Series 4 and iWatch Series 5 as well. Apple’s discussion community has had its own share of queries regarding the Series 4 watches. And to add more fuel to the fire, the post gained plenty of traction with over 200 comments.

Some of the immediate and top-rated comments suggest the possibility of degradation in screen quality. Several displays are often felt to be cheap. Even after going through the hassle of the replacement procedure, the problems persisted on the “new” devices. Another comment claims that his post was deleted shortly after he posted the distinction (or the lack of it) between the old and replaced models.

How to verify the display Backlight Bleed issue?

Check if your screen has any backlight bleed by using a darker display in a dark room (as seen above). Afterwards, try to see if the light is being emitted from the corners of the device. Since several testimonies agree with the light bleed of the display, it may not be much of a surprise if your Watch has it too. If you do have such a problem apple for Apple’s replacement programme. Although there is no telling whether that venture would succeed or not.

Possible workaround for Display Backlight Bleed Issue

If you do seem to have similar problems it would be wise to have them checked at the local Apple retailer. However, keep an eye out for any unnecessary repair jobs which might cost more than what’s required. The feud over “The Right to Repair” is at an all-time high as well, especially given Apple’s overpriced repair charges with lacklustre service.

Since the MacRumors user posted a comment mentioning the similarity of the issue in the Apple Series 5 watch as well, it’s worth waiting to see how the Apple Series 6 watch might be fair. Given the much recent release, Apple might try to keep the production quality as high as possible. However, if patience is your forte do consider waiting a little while longer till Apple releases their Apple Watch 7. There’s no telling how the tables will turn.

Having the device checked at the Apple Store is still your best bet though. So go on ahead and let us know in the comments below as to how the encounter fared for you. If you’d like to see more similar content, check some of our other articles here.

Achyuth Nambiar
Being a tech enthusiast and someone who loves to read, I try to combine the two into my latest attempt... blogging. A gaming PC though a Far Cry (pun intended) remains a distant dream.


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