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  • MacBook Airs Ship Simultaneously With Samsung and LG Displays

    Steve Jobs holds up the new unibody MacBook Air durring its unveiling.

    It was sometime after the MacBook Air's refresh this year that it was discovered that the MacBook Air was shipped with two different models of memory. Some were shipped with speedy Samsung flash memory and some were shipped with slower Toshiba flash memory. The speed difference was pretty noticeable and could be easily discovered using the free disk speed test from the Mac App Store. But flash memory isn't the only component of the MacBook Air that Apple had mixed feelings about.

    Apple has been shipping recent MacBook Airs with not only mixed flash memory companies but also with separate displays as well. Some of the ultra-thin notebook's displays are produced by Samsung while some are produced by LG. Both screens are of high build quality and both will be good enough to make the user happy with the end product, but there's definitely a difference between the two that is noticeable when they are put side by side of one another. The Samsung screen screams colors while the LG screen is a little bit flat in color. That's not really a hardware problem, you can actually bring the LG display up to Samsung snuff by installing and activating a color profile on your Mac. This can be done from system preferences and you'll notice the sharper color immediately. Due to the nature of color change, you may feel that the color profile you install appears to be a little bit more green than the original. Anyone who's used the Application F.lux knows what it's like to have their screen color manipulated for the first time.

    Directions for finding your display type and tweaking it, courtesy of OSX Daily:

    Step 1. How do I know if I have an LG display or a Samsung display?
    The process for discerning what kind of display you have is easy. Open up a terminal window and type the following:



    Hit enter, and look at the result. If it begins with an, "LP" then it's an LG screen. If it doesn't then it's a Samsung screen. If it's an LG screen your result might look something like this:
    Originally Posted by OSXDaily:
    LP133WP1-TJA3
    Color LCD
    If you have an LG display, you can move on to step two. If you have a Samsung display, then you're good to go.

    Step 2. Getting the color profile to fix the colors.
    Begin by downloading this color profile to your desktop. You can download it anywhere but the desktop is recommended so that you can find it quicker in the upcoming steps.

    From the Finder menubar, navigate to Go>Go to folder>/Library/ColorSync/Profiles/Displays/
    Once in that folder, move the color profile that you downloaded to your desktop into that folder, and enter your password to authenticate the moving of the file to that folder.

    Step 3. Applying the color profile.
    Now that you have the color profile that you need moved to where it needs to be, you can open up System Preferences>Displays>Color. In the Color tab, uncheck the option that says, "Show profiles for this display only" so that you can see more options. You will see, "Color LCD" above the horizontal rule and you will see a second, "Color LCD" under the horizontal rule. Click the second one to apply the changes, you will see a color difference right away.

    Why did Apple use a mix of LG and Samsung displays? Who knows. Maybe Apple struck a deal that could have saved them some money, or maybe they have a little bit of a stiff with Samsung. After all, this is the second time that Samsung has been replaced by another company in Apple's MacBook Air lineup.

    I'm curious to see just how many people have LG displays and how many have Samsung displays. Leave a comment below! I have a MacBook Pro from mid 2011 and it has an LG display. So this Terminal test can be done from any Mac.

    Sources: Mac1.no via OSX Daily
    This article was originally published in forum thread: MacBook Airs Ship Simultaneously With Samsung and LG Displays started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      That's what I meant
    1. blkeagle1's Avatar
      blkeagle1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by melech518 View Post
      i have decided to call apple tomorrow and insist that my display be replaced. I custom configure my mba to the max and expect a samsung lcd, not a low end toshiba.
      lo freaking l
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      LG for me. Seems fine to me though, I'm happy with it.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      LG for me. Seems fine to me though, I'm happy with it.
      Nothing's wrong with a little bit of 'Life's Good' in our displays.
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      Macbook Pro Mid 2010 with an AntiGlare Hi Res Display. It's LG.I don't know if I like the colour profile yet though and that's coming from someone who uses f.lux
    1. lukeyb's Avatar
      lukeyb -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      The color profile will work for both.
      just tried it and turns out i have a samsung display anyway
    1. xyz's Avatar
      xyz -
      Thank s for that,i also bought the last macbook air,also custom that one with the i7 cpu,i get the good ssd by samsung but unfortunately i didn t get the samsung screen,if i was in france i will also probably ask apple to change that one,i think after spent 1649 euros that 1 deserve it but now I'm in china,so thank s for that tip.
    1. Crazyfreak's Avatar
      Crazyfreak -
      I have a LG on my MBP 15" 2011. I think I'll leave the stock colour profile as the one downloaded here makes my screen a yellow/greenish tint.