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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:
    Quote 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 -
      I have a 2011 Macbook Air custom configured and have a LG display Would much rather the Samsung...
    1. fisherg's Avatar
      fisherg -
      Correction for terminal command it should be the following: [FONT=Courier New] ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayEDID | sed "/[^

      Correction for terminal command, it should be the following: [FONT=Courier New][B]ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayEDID | sed "/[^
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -
      So which one better, Samsung or LG ?
    1. fisherg's Avatar
      fisherg -
      Trying to post correction for terminal command, it keeps on getting truncated. Here goes again, if this works it should end with a "minus six". [QUOTE]ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayEDID | sed "/[^
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by spider_romeo View Post
      So which one better, Samsung or LG ?
      Neither are particularly better than the other. This will let you mimic the Samsung-like experience on the LG display though.
    1. fisherg's Avatar
      fisherg -
      Didn't work, I'll type it again below, please replace single quotes with double quotes in the expression below before pasting it into Terminal. The expression below ends with -6 [FONT=Courier New]ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayEDID | sed '/[^

      OK, I've given up trying to type it here it keeps on getting truncated. Please find proper terminal command here: Apple secretly updated 13-inch Unibody MacBook screens - Computerworld Blogs
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Dang i got a Lg display as well
    1. Teban's Avatar
      Teban -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Neither are particularly better than the other. This will let you mimic the Samsung-like experience on the LG display though.
      Id say there's a big difference, one is made by the best tv manufacturers on the market today (IMHO) and the other one went by the name Gold Star, before changing there name to not sounding so low-end generic. I'd
      be pissed if I didn't get the Sammie.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by fisherg View Post
      Didn't work, I'll type it again below, please replace single quotes with double quotes in the expression below before pasting it into Terminal. The expression below ends with -6 [FONT=Courier New]ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayEDID | sed '/[^


      OK, I've given up trying to type it here it keeps on getting truncated. Please find proper terminal command here: Apple secretly updated 13-inch Unibody MacBook screens - Computerworld Blogs
      The proper Terminal command was there. Just like you, my command wasn't appearing all the way. I posted an image instead.
    1. lukeyb's Avatar
      lukeyb -
      So is this (and the updated colour profile) only relevant to LG screen MBA or to LG MBPs too?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by lukeyb View Post
      So is this (and the updated colour profile) only relevant to LG screen MBA or to LG MBPs too?
      The color profile will work for both.
    1. Stefman_R's Avatar
      Stefman_R -
      Mine starts with "LTH". Would that be an LG or a Samsung screen? It looks pretty vivid to me.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stefman_R View Post
      Mine starts with "LTH". Would that be an LG or a Samsung screen? It looks pretty vivid to me.
      If it's not "LP" then it's not LG.
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      I have a 2011 Macbook air 13" also custom configured. Just found out I have the LG as well. Applied the fix but now I want to know if I have the memory from LG. How do I tell? I am glad I read this cause I've actually felt my screen was a little off and I was always manually brightening it. Maybe with this fix it won't be as bad. Thank you
    1. Stefman_R's Avatar
      Stefman_R -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      If it's not "LP" then it's not LG.
      Thanks!


      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      I have a 2011 Macbook air 13" also custom configured. Just found out I have the LG as well. Applied the fix but now I want to know if I have the memory from LG. How do I tell? I am glad I read this cause I've actually felt my screen was a little off and I was always manually brightening it. Maybe with this fix it won't be as bad. Thank you
      Go into System Profiler and then Serial-ATA and look at what it says after APPLE SSD. If it is "SM..." then it's by Samsung and if it is "TS..." then it is by Toshiba.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      I have a 2011 Macbook air 13" also custom configured. Just found out I have the LG as well. Applied the fix but now I want to know if I have the memory from LG. How do I tell? I am glad I read this cause I've actually felt my screen was a little off and I was always manually brightening it. Maybe with this fix it won't be as bad. Thank you
      You can tell by the above comment.
    1. Victor_inox's Avatar
      Victor_inox -
      LTH133BT01A03 , not LG thanks God. I will never buy any LG products anymore. Every LG phone my family owned is crapped itself in month or less.My next phone will be Samsung Note... I love Samsung products.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      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.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spider_romeo View Post
      So which one better, Samsung or LG ?
      Samsung. Samsung make better displays with better colours so naturally they'll be better. Hence why iPhone's screen can look washed out compared to Samsung LCD's because iPhones is by lame LG.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      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.
      The display is made by LG not Toshiba.