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iPad Display Shortages Linked to Light Leakage on LG-Produced Units


DigiTimes reports that LG Display was one of the primary sources of iPad supply issues last quarter, experiencing problems with light leakage on displays produced by its manufacturing lines that scaled back shipments. The issue is said to have been resolved, with display shipments to Apple's assembly partners ramping up this quarter.

. . .Samsung Electronics shipped a total of four million 9.7-inch panels for iPads in the first quarter, outpacing rival LG Display (LGD) as the largest tablet PC panel supplier for Apple, the sources indicated. LGD's iPad panel shipments reached only 3.2 million units in the first quarter.

LGD was forced to reduce its shipments in the first quarter due to light leakage problem for panels produced at its 6G production lines. The company reportedly has fixed the problem and will resume shipment momentum to Apple in the second quarter, said the sources.

Apple reported surprisingly low iPad shipments of only 4.69 million units for the first quarter, and a report from research firm IHS iSuppli late last month blamed the shortages on display quality concerns and speaker production shortfalls.

Apple's supplier of audio chips for its iOS devices, Cirrus Logic, also reported last month that it had experienced manufacturing issues with components for a new product, presumed to be an Apple device and potentially the iPad 2, although the company declined to specify exactly what device was affected by its production issues.

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46 months ago
Where are all the fanboys who said that we were making this up and that this is normal?

Fools.
Rating: 4 Votes
46 months ago
Lots of people here in PT complained about those display issues...
Rating: 3 Votes
46 months ago
Is there anyway to tell what type of display is on a unit?
Rating: 2 Votes
46 months ago
Question. Can I exchange an NL bought iPad2 (from a 3rd party retailer) at a foreign (say...Paris) Apple store?

I'm sick of the light bleeding on my $1150,- device.
Rating: 2 Votes
46 months ago
For the record, I could have told them this March 16.
Rating: 2 Votes
46 months ago
Makes sense, given that LG also manufacturer's the display on the iMac's (and some have complained about that screen).

At least they are consistent.;)
Rating: 2 Votes
46 months ago
Thank you Apple for stopping shipments of bad units rather than just counting revenues and shipping all you can, QA demands be damned. :)

Annoying, yeah, but at the same time commendable in my opinion.
Rating: 1 Votes
46 months ago

Ah a troll in the forest.


Since when is calling it as it is trolling?
Rating: 1 Votes
45 months ago

If you have a defective Ipad, get it replaced.

The only way that Apple will improve their quality control is when some bean counter (and the bean counters run the company, more than Jobs) realizes that the shoddy components and workmanship are cutting into the profit margin.

The best feedback that you can give Apple is to demand replacements for defective products.

Don't settle for a bleeding or yellow screen - demand a working product.


I also totally agree with this and have replaced several products, with absolutely no hassle. One of my friends even had a key sticking on their MBP and they gave them an entirely new one rather than make them wait for a repair (obviously after a backup).
Rating: 1 Votes
46 months ago
Funny how when things "just work" it's all to Apple's credit. But once shlt falls apart, it's time to blame the suppliers. Gotta love the iFans. Since we're talking of suppliers, too bad Apple is suing their most reliable supplier, Samsung. All the iFools who truly believe Samsung needs Apple more than Apple needs Samsung, should stop drinking the iKool-Aid. This is what happens when you are not a true OEM. You're at the will of your supplier.
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