If your iPad 2 is suffering from white or yellow light leakage / bleeding coming from the sides and corners of the screen like mine is then you may be wondering why. According to the DigiTimes, an online IT publication, the iPad 2 light leak issue which is known as “flashlighting” or “clouding” is caused by defects in the screens that were manufactured by LG.
The iPad 2 shortages may have been the result of this light leak issue being discovered. Apple had to switch over the majority of the display production over to Samsung. Apparently, the iPads that have the Samsung screens do not have any light leakage issues. The DigiTimes article also states that LG has now solved the light leak issue and will resume shipment in the second quarter.
Light Leak Test – How to find out if your iPad 2 is affected:
The light leak issue is very noticeable when you are using your iPad 2 in the dark and there is a dark scene in whatever you are viewing. Here is how you can test your iPad 2 to see if yours is affected by the LG panel light leak issue:
1. Turn the brightness on your screen all the way up.
2. Play a video and pause it when the screen is black. It helps if you keep the iPad 2 in portrait orientation.
3. Go in a darkened room.
How can the light leak issue be fixed?
I have seen a few comments around the net that said that to fix the light leak issue you just have to place the iPad screen side down in a warm location (that’s within the device’s allowed temperature range — 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C) and with the brightness on full. Apparently if you leave it like that overnight the glue should warm up and re-seal around any gaps that were there before. I have not yet tried this potential fix, but it is worth a shot as it makes sense. If you have tried it, please leave a comment letting everyone know your results.
Will the iPad 2 light leak go away on it’s own?
I’ve had the same kinds of light leak issues on my HDTV and they have never gone away. As such, I don’t believe the issue will ever resolve itself on it’s own.
Under the Apple warranty, will they replace my iPad 2 if it has the light leak issue?
The iPad 2 comes with a 1-year warranty. If you have the AppleCare Protection Plan then you have a 2-year warranty. Under that coverage, Apple should provide you with an iPad 2 replacement if you are experiencing light leaks. The best thing to do would be to call your local Apple Store and ask them about it.