Light Leakage Issues Linked to iPad Display Shortage

Light Leakage Issues Linked to iPad Display Shortage

Shipment delays to the iPad during the last quarter were reportedly due to light leakage issues with displays produced by LG, according to a DigiTimes report. Apple’s other supply partners were forced to increase their shipments this quarter to rectify the shortage.

During the first quarter, Samsung supplied a total of 4 million 9.7-inch iPad panels, outpacing its rival, LG, who only shipped 3.2 million. It is believed, however, that now LG’s light leakage issues have been resolved, it will increase its supply of displays during the second quarter.

A report from research firm IHS iSuppli last month blamed the first quarter’s low iPad shipments on display quality issues and speaker production shortfalls. Apple reported just 4.69 million iPad units were shipped last quarter.

Light leakage has reportedly been an issue for many early iPad 2 adopters. Shortly after the second-generation device was launched dozens of users reported issues with their device’s display.

Cult of Mac’s David Martin returned his unit to Apple for replacements on two occasions, but is yet to get a unit that doesn’t suffer from light leakage and backlight bleeding.

  • ConceptVBS

    This is why you should stick with quality manufacturers like Samsung. Even though they are rivals to you Apple.

    Samsung has always produced quality components.

    Apple wanting to move away from Samsung to TSMC?

    I guess Apple hasnt heard about TSMC’s issues with the faulty quality manufacutring with nVIDIA’s Geforce chipsets a while back.

  • TylerHoj

    DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED ABOUT THE GOD DAMN LIGHT LEAKAGE! I replaced my iPad 2 in the mail and it ended up taking Apple a MONTH AND A HALF to replace it. I was so pissed, and ended up getting an upgraded 64GB version, with free smart cover. I’m sure if I yelled any more at Apple Care I could have walked away with a free dock too.

  • TylerHoj

    Something interesting to note from my experience in replacement of the iPad 2 is that the white model is NOT having these issues according to Apple. Apple said if I wanted a replacement I could wait 3-4 weeks for the black unit, or 1-2 business days for the white model. Apple care said if I waited for the black, there would still be a chance of having the same light leakage issue, but if I ordered the white one I more than likely wouldn’t need to call Apple again. Interesting eh?

  • Aber1Kanobee

    Same problem here…I have returned my iPad2 5 times..still dont have a non leaking display. Waiting for a few more weeks to try again…;( Oh, BTY its a White 3G 64…so, Apple is wrong, the white iPad2′s aree experiencing these problems too.

  • mahimahimahi

    Still waiting for the day when I can get a non leaking display. Hurray for amazing 1 year warranty service provided to me by apple.!

  • Nick Papageorge

    I’m Sucking up the pain of the light bleed until it is 100% fixed.

    I don’t want to have to redo all my app categories until the. I think my head might explode.

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