I just bought a 20gb Mac iPod yesterday, and was a little surprised to discover a trivial feature that I haven't seen mentioned before: the backlight doesn't just turn on and off, it FADES on and off.
you are right, it does do that. and is not in the 10GB old ipod. i had the old 10GB ipod with firmware 1.2 and it doens't do it there.
where as in my new 20GB windows ipod it fads out
i was surprissed too
After looking at the "fade" carefully... it looks more like there are now two steps:
1) the screen inverts (white goes black - black goes white)
2) then the backlight goes out entirely.
I think it's just an optical illusion of fading. Because the screen is predominately "white", when it inverts the colors, it looks like it's fading, but it's only inverting to the opposite color.
No, it really does fade. Just shine the backlight on a wall in the dark, as though it's a flashlight, and when the light turns off, it fades rather than goes instantly off like the old models.
You need to actually look at the ipod to see what I'm talking about,... not the wall.
When the ipod is normally lit up, it is its brightest because there are more pixels that are white. When you shut off the light, the pixels are reversed so that now the light you're getting is from the text that is now white not black. Then a millisecond later, the light of even the white text goes off.
The inversion of the two colors is giving the illusion of the fade-out.
but, the whole point is that its different than the original ipods. and i have looked at both side by side and its different.
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