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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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42 months ago
Count me as someone who can see this on my iPad if I try and yet has been bothered by it in real-world usage exactly 0 times so far.
Rating: 8 Votes
42 months ago
Where are all the fanboys who said that we were making this up and that this is normal?

Fools.
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago
Lots of people here in PT complained about those display issues...
Rating: 3 Votes
42 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: 3 Votes
42 months ago
For the record, I could have told them this March 16.
Rating: 2 Votes
42 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
42 months ago
Well, I'll be exchanging it again in the near future.
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago
I have minor light leakage, but not enough that I cared to return it, especially since it seems like it was russian roulette the next one they gave you would be better -- could be worse.

But I'm curious -- is there a way from the serial# or some diagnostic mode who made the panel I have in mine?
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago

Count me as someone who can see this on my iPad if I try and yet has been bothered by it in real-world usage exactly 0 times so far.


There seems to be different degrees on the gravity of the issue. Some are more affected than others. In the less affected cases if almost doesn't make a difference
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago
Is there anyway to tell what type of display is on a unit?
Rating: 2 Votes

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