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Question: "Light Bleed" on Apple Watch Series 4

Just recently received my Space Grey Apple Watch Series 4. It's beautiful and has a great performance, BUT detected an issue with the screen, it doesn't ALWAYS happens but when it does is very noticeable.

When screens dim light is low, the screen on the left side of the watch (not where the crown is) tends to have this yellow-ish color kind of fading from the black, it looks very disturbing and it looks like the watch's screen is broken in the inside. Once the dim light is high it won't be seen no more. Also when you have a (not so) complete black screen as when you setting an alarm or talking to Siri, the "light bleed" will show and on top of that it has some darker sports in between the yellow-ish part.

Anyone having this same issue with their new devices? Can this be fixed? Should I be taking my Apple Watch to a store so it can be checked?

Please help out. I know in the long run this will bug me out badly, lol.


Watch Series 4 (GPS) Alum 44mm, iOS 12.0.1

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Oct 29, 2018 9:44 AM in response to Reynaldojeh In response to Reynaldojeh

Same issue here.

This appears to be a bigger problem, as this reddit thread shows: https://www.reddit.com/r/AppleWatch/comments/9jpuq6/poll_does_your_apple_watch_s eries_4_display_have/?st=JNUJ7J70&sh=84f50840

Replacement watches appear to suffer from this issue aswell. I‘ll send mine back, wait a few months and purchase a new one when it has been fixed.

Oct 29, 2018 9:44 AM

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Nov 7, 2018 5:53 PM in response to Reynaldojeh In response to Reynaldojeh

Yes, and they just removed my (new) post because they want to hide the issue?

I realized my brand new (1 day) watch had it merely by noticing some gradients in the General Setting option bars. Then I found all these issues on the web. I called a rep and she convinced me that it is "highly unlikely" this will happen again if I swap. She said this should be individual issues.

Is it?

1st watch with this issue:


2nd watch (got today) with this issue, gentler:


If you wanna check yours, use this grey image (black image/background will not show this):


I am entirely convinced that no matter how many times I swap it won't help.

It doesn't totally negate the features I want so I decide to keep this watch, but I do want to know if Apple is gonna do anything about this as it's so obvious and affect a majority of products.

Nov 7, 2018 5:53 PM

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Dec 6, 2018 8:36 PM in response to Veny4 In response to Veny4

Return it before the 14 days is up, and then when they address the issue buy it again if you still want it. They’ll have to do something to address the problem. I’m on my second watch, fixing to return it again and wait. Just wait until it hits YouTube/ social media (beautygate)

Dec 6, 2018 8:36 PM

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Dec 8, 2018 10:52 PM in response to abeadame In response to abeadame

I've bought second watch too. And I will send it back on Monday. I really can't understand why Apple doesn't recall all of their watches with these defective screens. I'm so angry that I will switch back to iPhone SE which perfectly fits in a hand. The main reason I buy watches is that new iPhones are huge and they don't fit in a pocket or hand

Dec 8, 2018 10:52 PM

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Dec 20, 2018 11:03 AM in response to Reynaldojeh In response to Reynaldojeh

Same here Apple Germany. Sent it in for repair but only got the simple reply that they can't reproduce this issue!? But obviously it is a very bad display. I feel bad now investing 459,00 € in a piece of "junk". Every time now I see a white line on the left side.

Dec 20, 2018 11:03 AM

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Feb 21, 2019 4:40 AM in response to Reynaldojeh In response to Reynaldojeh

You have a new watch still in warranty so Contact Apple Support and arrange a Genius Bar appointment where you can demonstrate the problem direct to Apple. If you're within the initial 14 day return period you could even reject the watch and get a replacement.

Feb 21, 2019 4:40 AM

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