iPad 2 Display Problems Surface, Test Your Screen for Defects

The iPad 2 is in short supply and Apple is shipping tablets as quickly as possible. With hundreds of thousands of units already in the hands of consumers, some unlucky iPad 2 users have experienced problems on the display. Some of these issues have been seen before, such as yellowing while adhesive dries and dead pixels.

backlight bleeding iPad 2 display defect

Pictured above is a new problem reported by some iPad 2 owners experiencing backlight bleeding on the edges of the screen. This photo was posted at iSource, showing a large light bleed from the edge of the LCD panel to the left of the home button. Smaller light leaks can be seen on the left edge of the iPad 2 bezel.

Yellowing was reported on some iPhone 4 displays that shipped last summer, and in most cases after a few days of use the yellow spots disappeared. The problem was blamed on chemicals used to bond the glass that wasn't fully dry before shipping. So far, it seems that iPad 2 users affected with the yellow spots are having a similar experience and the discoloration is fading over time.

When it comes to dead pixels and light leaks, these are defects that will not improve over time. The good news is that these problems are easy to test for and completely covered under warranty by Apple. Many iPad 2 buyers have already received replacements for defective devices at the Apple Genius Bar thanks to the free year of Apple Care included with purchase. Checking your iPad 2 screen for these problems is a simple process.

To check your iPad 2 screen for dead pixels, yellowing and backlight leaks perform the iPad dead pixel test on your device.

For problems besides dead pixels, the white image included in the test will indicate areas where adhesive may still be drying on the iPad 2 display, while the black image will expose any light bleeding around the edges. Make sure to turn the screen brightness up before performing the test.

If you find that your iPad 2 is affected by any of these display issues visiting the Genius Bar is the quickest way for Apple to verify the problem and get you a new iPad 2. Besides the annoying process of having to return a defective item, the only drag is that it might take a few days to get a replacement unit until iPad 2 supplies are replenished. Rest assured that Apple will correct any manufacturing problems you might find with your iPad 2 in the first year of warranty coverage.

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I bought the iPad 2 on launch day and soon noticed some backlight bleeding so I went to Apple to get a replacement

I bought the iPad 2 on launch day and soon noticed some backlight bleeding so I went to Apple to get a replacement, when the replacement came in it had marks on the backside of it and dead pixels, and even worse backlight bleeding, so I went back again that night and they told me they wouldn't keep giving me new ones, and that I couldn't keep coming back for that issue. And I only had 1 more exchange. I think that it bullsht because I bought a product, it was defective, they gave me one that wasn't brand new in a box, and it too was defective even worse, they should have to exchangenit as many times as it takes until I get one that isn't defective. I should have to keep a defective product that I spend so much mo ey on because they don't feel like doing work, and returning them. It's crazy, and I'm calling AppleCare about this.

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according to Jobs there are no defects - you just have your brightness set "incorrectly" lol seriously - if th

according to Jobs there are no defects - you just have your brightness set "incorrectly" lol

seriously - if they keep selling you crap I would just tell your credit card company - I believe things like this may be covered under the warranty - worth checking out.

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Everybody should do a simple black background test to check for bleeds. My iPad 2 actually came with a scratch und

Everybody should do a simple black background test to check for bleeds. My iPad 2 actually came with a scratch under the glass!

iPad 2 Black Bleed Screen Test Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91664219@N00/5591209901/

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ok... are you serious? i'm hoping you are joking because the "black bleed screen test image" has little light spot

ok... are you serious? i'm hoping you are joking because the "black bleed screen test image" has little light spots on the borders. if this is your test image, EVERY ipad will have bleeding spots. idiot.

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Relax, he's obviously joking.

Relax, he's obviously joking.

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Ha ha! Who's the idiot?!

Ha ha! Who's the idiot?!

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My iPad2 developed a red haze on the screen after 3 weeks. A test with images in the primary colors showed that th

My iPad2 developed a red haze on the screen after 3 weeks. A test with images in the primary colors showed that the color red fluctuated in brightness from light to dark red. Since it got worse over the next days I returned it to the Apple store for repair. Now waiting for 2 weeks already, bad start after a month of waiting for the delivery of my new iPad.

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The backlight bleeding is caused by the fact that the LCD display just doesn't fit in perfectly in its frame. On t

The backlight bleeding is caused by the fact that the LCD display just doesn't fit in perfectly in its frame. On the spots where bleeding occurs, there is pressure on the LCD resulting in this bleeding effect.
This is a build quality issue and it can be fixed relatively simple.

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Display bleeding annoying. Yes it's simple to fix, but in my opinion iproducts have lot small bugs that fixes in n

Display bleeding annoying. Yes it's simple to fix, but in my opinion iproducts have lot small bugs that fixes in new version. sociology papers