iPad 2 light leakage due to faulty LG panels

A number of iPad 2 users have been complaining of light leakage and yellow colors being displayed on their new hardware and it seems that faulty LG panels may have been to blame.

According to an article on Crave, unnamed sources have said that LG’s display division have had to reduce production on iPad 2 screens due to light leakage issues that have cropped up during the manufacturing process. This in turn has helped lead to a high level of iPad 2 shortages around the world, although shipping of the device has now reached normal levels.

The article goes on to say that the problem first came up at LG’s sixth generation product line in Gumi, South Korea and clearly confirms what many iPad 2 users have been complaining about on Apple’s support forums since purchasing the hardware.

An additional article on DigiTimes states that Apple decided to shift their iPad 2 screen production over to Samsung, who managed to shift a total of four million of the 9.7-inch panels for iPads during the first quarter of the year, beating out the lower production rates of LG who managed to push out just 3.2 million units during the same period.

The good news is that according to DigiTimes, LG say they have “fixed the problem and will resume shipment momentum to Apple in the second quarter”

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asusp5ld2 said,
pay 700 for that and you get a defect screen...not bad at all

Apple will replace your defective iPad with a brand new one, so what's your problem here? These things happen and not only to Apple.

Does anyone know what the return/replacement policy is for this? I keep noticing the light bleed when watching movies and it's getting annoying. Is it like dead pixels on a screen where it takes a certain amount

BlendedFrog said,
Does anyone know what the return/replacement policy is for this? I keep noticing the light bleed when watching movies and it's getting annoying. Is it like dead pixels on a screen where it takes a certain amount

Seems you can't edit you post on the iPad once its posted. So does it take a certain amount of bleeding before apple considers it defective?

BlendedFrog said,

Seems you can't edit you post on the iPad once its posted. So does it take a certain amount of bleeding before apple considers it defective?


just take it to the genius bar (make an appointment first) and they'll take care of it.

Just got mine last week and I have this problem. How do I get mine replaced if I bought it from the Apple online store and there's no Apple stores in my State?

And how do I make sure I don't get a replacement with the same problem?

jrolson said,
Just got mine last week and I have this problem. How do I get mine replaced if I bought it from the Apple online store and there's no Apple stores in my State?

And how do I make sure I don't get a replacement with the same problem?

Pick up a phone and call Applecare?

jrolson said,
And how do I make sure I don't get a replacement with the same problem?

Erm. Look at the replacement, and return it too if it has the same problem. Apple are not going to pre-test your replacement for you, they'll just throw you one off the shelf and you'll have the same chance of getting a faulty one as anybody buying one does.

Dell releases a monitor and 100,000 of those have issues: "Oh it happens, no product is perfect"
Same thing happens to Apple: "They are a horrible company, their displays suck, blah blah".

When will people stop thinking Apple products are 100% perfect? You do not expect that from Dell or any other company right? When you purchase some hardware from Newegg, there is a CHANCE of it being a faulty part. I have a Dell XPS 9100 and a Mac Pro next to each other. The Dell is giving me nothing but troubles but the Mac Pro is not. However, Most of my friends have never had any issues with Dell systems. It is a common thing.

xWhiplash said,

When will people stop thinking Apple products are 100% perfect?
When Apple stops marketing them as 100% perfect.

acnpt said,

They don't. Your hate is blinding you

Yes they do. Apple products are COMPLETELY free from defects (as their advertising would have you believe).

DootDootMan said,

Yes they do. Apple products are COMPLETELY free from defects (as their advertising would have you believe).

Please show me an ad that shows their products are COMPLETELY free from defects, i'd love to see that.

DootDootMan said,

Yes they do. Apple products are COMPLETELY free from defects (as their advertising would have you believe).

All companies will do that. "Hey this is our product, this is what it does...... Now 1/10 of these will fail and you might have to go through a few of these to get a working one, but give me your CC number anyway and we will charge you $1,000 for it and hope you do not get a defective one"

That will bring the sales down on ANY company. Nothing is 100% perfect, so nobody should have to explain that there is a chance.

xWhiplash said,

All companies will do that. "Hey this is our product, this is what it does...... Now 1/10 of these will fail and you might have to go through a few of these to get a working one, but give me your CC number anyway and we will charge you $1,000 for it and hope you do not get a defective one"

That will bring the sales down on ANY company. Nothing is 100% perfect, so nobody should have to explain that there is a chance.


I know that but Apple takes it to the next level with the way they advertise. Just look at the emerging malware situations.

xWhiplash said,
Dell releases a monitor and 100,000 of those have issues: "Oh it happens, no product is perfect"

Let's see: Apple uses the same panel as Dell for 27inch displays with 2560x1440. Apple's monitors and iMacs have hardware defects (like tinging) whilst Dell's have none of those problems…

xWhiplash said,
Dell releases a monitor and 100,000 of those have issues: "Oh it happens, no product is perfect"
Same thing happens to Apple: "They are a horrible company, their displays suck, blah blah".

When will people stop thinking Apple products are 100% perfect? You do not expect that from Dell or any other company right? When you purchase some hardware from Newegg, there is a CHANCE of it being a faulty part. I have a Dell XPS 9100 and a Mac Pro next to each other. The Dell is giving me nothing but troubles but the Mac Pro is not. However, Most of my friends have never had any issues with Dell systems. It is a common thing.


Gilly said,
When Apple stops marketing them as 100% perfect.

LOL This is exactly what they want you to believe, but they will never say it because it would be false advertising. That's Marketing Communications 201 and your posts show how you stupid you are to fall for it and then complain about you perceive is true. It shows how good Apple's marketing is and that it's working for them.

Gilly said,
When Apple stops marketing them as 100% perfect.

And this is so uncommon in the tech industry...?

You're watching ADS, dude. wtf? Surely you're brighter than this? Do Samsung, Dell, HP, Microsoft use to point to flaws in their product lines?

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Quick Shot said,
So could people who have these faulty displays has them replaced?

They are going to give you a Compaq laptop as a replacement.

Quick Shot said,
So could people who have these faulty displays has them replaced?

Yeh just take it to the store and they'll either fix it or replace it (in this case they'll have to replace it).

samo123_uk said,
now i thought spending lots of money on things gave u the best quality

Your spending a lot of money, Apple are not.

You can get your ipad replaced (for free, of course - under 12 month warranty), at least over here by complaining about the leak.

_DP said,
Now all that needs to happen is for Apple to offer replacements under warranty.

Since this is a confirmed manufacturing error, I suppose it's covered already. Apple don't use to be annoying when it comes to these things. If you can show the problem, they use to give you a replacement. Numerous people have done this in the past with e.g. bad iMac shipments.

_DP said,
Now all that needs to happen is for Apple to offer replacements under warranty.

Which is already the case... I got a replacement iPad within two days after bringing the faulty one in.

Digitalx said,
because IPS LCD's are the best mobile displays ever.... lol
Nothing to do with IPS.

However, I would rather see Apple go all-in with OLEDs for their next iteration.

Jebadiah said,
However, I would rather see Apple go all-in with OLEDs for their next iteration.

I wouldn't count on it^^

Jebadiah said,
Nothing to do with IPS.

However, I would rather see Apple go all-in with OLEDs for their next iteration.

It's more poking fun at people who say it's best thing ever. also won't see AMOLED screens when you sue the maker of them.