Apple Hopes New Panel Supplier Will Eliminate iPad 2 Light Bleeding Problems Once And For All

Apple Hopes New Panel Supplier Will Eliminate iPad 2 Light Bleeding Problems Once And For All

Apple could be about to add an additional supplier to its iPad 2 chain as the company continues to deal with overwhelming demand of the second-generation device and tackle backlight bleeding problems with early models.

Coretronic, an LCD backlight maker, is set to add Apple’s iPad 2 to its huge list of clients. The Taiwanese supplier reportedly made 35% of backlight modules for LED TVs in the first quarter of 2011 – which is expected to rise up to 40% in the second – and is now working with Chimei Innolux to provide these components to Apple, according to a DigiTimes report.

Chimei was only certified by Apple back in May of this year, and up until now backlight modules for the iPad 2 have been supplied by LG Display. However, a vast number of early adopters have reported issues with backlight bleeding or light leaks.

A report back in April revealed Apple was testing a new LED backlight from Everlight Electronics in order to expand its iPad 2 supply chain, however, it’s currently unknown whether the two companies agreed to do business.

[via AppleInsider]

  • TheMacAdvocate

    Does anyone know if the lightbleed issue is grounds for an exchange? Mine has some minor bleed, but it’d be nice to have the option.

  • Dan1400

    It is, I just exchanged mine yesterday. I had a lot of light bleeding (Don’t know what the threshold is tho). The one I got has some but its much better.

  • CharliK

    You might want to check the facts again. According to reports there have always been at least two suppliers for the backlights and LG wasn’t even the biggest. Which is why only perhaps 5% of units are reporting issues.

  • cheesy11

    says alot about LG

  • Jimmycav

    They’re still having trouble. I got my 16gb wifi last week and it had significant bleeding. The replacement I got seems much better, though.

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