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Does Your iPad 2 Backlight Bleed?



It looks like some early adopters of the iPad 2 have noticed that Apple’s second-generation tablet has two issues that are related to the display. The first issue is that on select units of the iPad 2, there are yellow spots underneath the display. Fortunately, though, this issue is non-major and will resolve itself in a few days. The issue was first discovered when Apple had initially launched the GSM editions of the iPhone 4 where AT&T users in the States had noticed the yellow smudges on the screen. That issue is said due to the bonding material used between the glass display and the LCD panel, and the yellow spots will go away after a few days when the bonding material evaporates.

The second issue is somewhat related to the first issue and appears to be a bit more significant on the serious scale. Unlike the self-resolving bonding material problem causing yellow spots to appear, select iPad 2 units have backlights that bleed through, meaning that there is a disproportionate amount of light showing through on some edges of the display around the bezel surrounding the LCD panel. The light bleeding is most noticeable when watching a movie with a dark background, and adjusting the screen brightness level seems to either make the issue better or a lot worse according to Engadget.



  1. Anonymous

    03/14/2011 at 8:40 pm

    Yes. Along edge to right of home button.

  2. mpaul7

    03/14/2011 at 8:55 pm

    Another pathetic release by Apple. Just like the iPhone4. Big numbers in sales but the Apple Forums are filling up with people complaining about this. Literally, thousands of complaints on the forums. Glad I sold the 2 units I got unopened for a substantial profit. Hope they got non-defective units.

    • Janet

      03/14/2011 at 9:08 pm

      There will be thousands of bleeding ipad 2s for sale on e-bay. Be careful.

  3. Eric Trinh

    03/16/2011 at 7:26 am

    I also have bleeding in more than one place. It not too bad during daylight but watching a movie in bed with dark/night scenes, the bleeding shows up, and definitely affects the viewing experience. I just received mine in the mail today and will have to go to the Genius Bar to troubleshoot. I know the Ipad2 is limited availability but if this is a production issue/defect, they are going to have have to issue refunds or exchanges.

  4. crwdfwtx

    03/17/2011 at 2:37 pm

    +1 Very noticeable screen bleeding on the iPad 2 especially obvious when you set new and old side by side

  5. Mirror

    03/30/2011 at 11:18 pm

    Just talked to a guy at the Genius bar. He told me that this “problem” is applying to all iPad 2 because of its thin construction. No way to avoid it. But if I would be unhappy with the product, I could return it within two weeks…

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