I recently purchased a Macbook Air 13″ mid 2013 , 1.3GHZ Core i5 with 8GB ram as a secondary machine. When it arrived, I found there was a scratch on the aluminium, I rang Apple and they said they would send a replacement within 10 days. I used the computer up until then and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the display in the Macbook Air, as this had been one of my concerns with it not being a retina display. The colours look very bright and vivid.
I had heard previously that there were 2 different displays being used in the Macbook Air, one made by Samsung and one made by LG, I checked to see who had made mine and it was Samsung. About a week later the replacement Macbook Air turned up and sure enough, from the moment that it booted I could tell that the screen was not Samsung, it looked very washed out. I checked this display and it was LG.
There are some steps you can take to make the LG display look better, it seems that it is not calibrated correctly out of the box so you need to import a new colour profile, the steps for which can be found at this very informative blog post. After applying the new colour profile the difference was day and night!
The process to determine the manufacturer of your screen is easy for anyone that has used a UNIX terminal before, but if you have not then I guess it could be a little challenging.
I have written a simple GUI Based native cocoa Mac OS X application that should do the job for you, it will tell you the display manufacturer and the display identifier string + you won’t need to touch the terminal. I will provide a link to the source code shortly but I am having some issues with GIT and the new Asset Catalog in xCode 5. I hope this can be used to somebody.
You can download the application from here Macbook Air Samsung or LG
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MAY REQUIRE ‘XCODE COMMAND LINE TOOLS’ TO BE INSTALLED, GET XCODE FROM THE APP STORE AND OPEN IT ONCE, IT SHOULD PROMPT YOU TO INSTALL.