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Is the screen on your iPad 2 “leaking” light?

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Is the screen on your iPad 2 “leaking” light?
It has to be disappointing, to say the least, to wait for hours in line and to spend a decent amount of money on Apple's iPad 2 only to find out that it has a defect when opening it later at home. This is pretty much what happened to a fellow youtuber who noticed an irritating imperfection on the screen of his brand new iPad 2.

When a dark image is displayed on the screen of the defective iPad 2, a slightly lighter area becomes apparent right next to the home button creating a rather unpleasant effect of light “leaking” from underneath the edges. Several other cases of the same imperfection have been reported, but at this time it is still not officially a widespread issue. Tweaking the brightness seems to make a difference though it cannot override the defect completely. You can watch the video below in order to get a better idea of what the “leaking” of light looks like.

If you have just bought an iPad 2, we strongly recommend you take a closer look at your screen and see if your tablet is suffering in a similar fashion, and if it does, do not hesitate to bring the issue up to Apple. You can also feel free to drop us a comment below and tell us if your iPad 2 is plagued by the defect as well.

source: I Am Phones (YouTube) via Engadget




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posted on 14 Mar 2011, 09:15 12

1. android_hitman (Posts: 649; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


no problem.. apple users are used to the new crappy mistakes and are willing to pay more for less just to be "cool"

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 14:24 7

17. arena (Posts: 18; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


So you've been following Apple users all along. You're not a busy person, aren't you?

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 18:38 4

43. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 154; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


maybe cuz you cant afford anything from apple doesnt mean their stuffs crappy...
and dont say its over priced, cuz theyre not.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 23:12 3

52. Skidro13 (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)


The ipad 2 shouldnt have that defect for what its worth. Android hitman is right, its just like the antenna problem with the iphone.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 09:22 11

2. B (unregistered)


This report as usefull as it is will help nobody,the apple drones will still buy it despite it being faulty and a minimal upgrade while if any of them is alert enough to complain to apple about the fault apple will simply ignore them or claim they are 'looking at the screen the wrong way'

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 13:48 8

13. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


sounds just like android fanboys and the 10 pages of known issues on their phones.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 23:14 2

53. Skidro13 (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)


Dont hate just cuz apple puts out expensive products with stupid defects. (antenna on iphone)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:13 6

24. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


My goodness. There is no solid report as to how many devices have this issue, yet you already sound like like you're certain that all ipad2 have this issue. BGR also has posted this article and said that their two ipad2 units don't have this issue at all.

Haters will hate.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 02:48 2

60. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


My goodness! You always scream that all androids have force closes all the time and plum unusable. Yet I never experience that. Typing from my Droid right now...

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 02:57 2

61. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Hear hear.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 09:35 9

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I can't wait, I can't FREAKING wait for the excuses to start rolling in from the iFanboys. A hundred bucks more (or the same price) for a product with no reported defects doesn't sound so bad now, does it? :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 10:23 6

4. Just upgrade again (unregistered)


Every new apple product rolls out with defects. . . just another reason to push for the next upgrade.

Apple has mastered the yearly upgrade ;)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 14:08 6

16. arena (Posts: 18; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Wow. Aren't you excited :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:14 2

25. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh totally. I'm in need of some lulz. I WILL NOT BE DENIED!

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:17 5

27. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Will your excitement will be shortlived. The ipad2 is still selling out :) Try harder :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 16:31 5

31. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh no. The excitement remains, because it was never about how many ipads would sell, but because of the incoming ifanboys rushing in to defend this very obvious hardware issue. :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 17:11 3

37. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Ah, the little insignificant things that losers like you find pleasure in, hahahaha. The ipad2 is still way ahead of the game, and it would take more than this to even affect it a tiny weenie bit :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 18:52 5

44. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


"Tiny weenie bit"

I'm sorry, were you talking about your tiny peen? :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:16 5

26. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Which product are you talking about that has no known issues? Also, this is an isolated issue, not all ipad2 have this problem. You're a stupid moron.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 10:29 7

5. SaveAnAppleAdoptACat (unregistered)


What did you expect from using cheap adhesive to glue the screen on. Thanks Apple for making my Xoom look even better.

5 bucks says the first excuse is "that's not a defect, thats one of the many new visual effects we added to the next generation iPad"

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 10:58 13

6. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Oh my God. You guys are literally on here just to talk about how much you hate Apple and not about technology at all. It's the same comments over and over again. What happened to everybody on PhoneArena?

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 11:22 7

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Hey. If Phonearena gives us a shiznit ton of Apple articles, you betcha we're going to comment the hell out of them.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:08 6

22. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


But it does not mean that your posts would be free from hate, bitterness, jealousy, and biases :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:23 6

28. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Who's hateful? I'm not. Who's bitter? I'm not. Who's jealous? I'm not. Who's biased? Well...maybe a little.

I don't hate Apple products. I hate those who declare Apple to be perfect innovators. Or who jump to Apple's defense every time a major issue comes from their products with increasingly irrational arguments.

I'm not bitter. I've never owned an Apple product, and Apple could outsell the Raze and I wouldn't mind. Again, it's the attitude of iFanboys I dislike.

I'm not jealous. I'm perfectly happy with my X. It does everything I need it to and it does it well.

The bias comes from being a Motorola fan because all of their products have worked tremendously well for me. I'm also a sucker for the underdog that's trying its heart out to be the best it can be.

Do I use hyperbole? Yes. Do I shine a spotlight on what Apple does wrong? Hell yeah. But why? Because if no one does, then the illusion is maintained that Apple can't be beat because of the clamorous bleating from those who love its products.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 17:13 3

38. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


In short, you're a low life hater :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 14:01 3

14. LionStone (Posts: 461; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Well the thing is, everybody slams anything worth slamming. As long as Apple continues with its shenanigans which to many of us, insults our intelligence technologically wise, they will get slammed. People give their reasons for not 'buy'ing into what they're selling, but people think they are just hating for hating sake. But yes, some do say things just to get a rise out of others, just the way it is...just don't feed the trolls ;)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 14:41 7

18. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


How does it insult your intelligence if you dont use the product?

Anyways Apple is shipping these iPads out in MASS volume at a backbreaking paste, return it for a new one and move on with your life.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 14:59 3

20. LionStone (Posts: 461; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Because as a consumer I compare products against each other and when it comes to Apple products, to me, they fall short because they do things to limit their products which is what I'm talking about. Case in point: Why didn't Apple mention their RAM or cameras on NEW ip2? When they deliberately hold back information so as not to bring attention to their shortcomings, that my friend, is insulting the tech. intelligence of the consumer.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:06 5

21. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


If they did mention it, you would still say that you're insulted anyway. So what's your point?

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 11:33 8

8. remixfa (Posts: 14051; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, like 3/4ths of the articles lately have been fluff pieces on the ipad2. many of which should have all been under 1 comprehensive ipad2 review instead of 10 different articles just to keep its name in the spotlight.

so ya.. we get total monopoly on making fun of it.
it was an underpowered over priced piece of junk from the start
it has no serious upgrades other than the dual core chipset.
it has a 1mpx rear camera.. i mean REALLY.
it still doesnt do much different than the phones.
still doesnt run flash
still not really customizable
and now the screens arent put on right.

lots and lots and lots to make fun of.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 12:09 10

9. RIgeek401 (unregistered)


Ok, so this site does a lot Apple stories; other sites to the same either with Apple, or their favorite manufacturer. This is a surprise to you, because...?

So what. Apple has been successful in their model. Microsoft has also been known as the evil empire. If you go back far enough, IBM, Sun, Oracle, etc. Have all been so aptly named. If Apple's business model weren't successful, do you think they would still be in business? So they clamp down on their products, as they don't care for modding, jail breaking, pwning, pick your favorite verb here. Again, so what? If you don't like their products, DON'T BUY THEM!! If you don't like the articles about them, DON'T READ THEM! If the website ticks you off on their choice of content, GO TO A DIFFERENT SITE! If you don't like the comments, DON'T READ THEM!

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 12:29 4

10. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Lol. The problem is that most other companies have learned from their tyrannical pasts and have reformed; Microsoft, you name it. Apple has not learned and has insisted on their business model since their inception. More recently they have gotten their hands on master marketing experts. They also got really good at making their products pretty.

I first came to this site because it seemed to be pretty comprehensive and non biased. But recently the site has gone in the direction of total fanboyism. So I protest. I'd rather not leave, but if it gets to be too much then I will.

Why are you shouting again?

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:09 5

23. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Just leave :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 21:09 3

48. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Yes leave and go to a website that gives Apple products bad reviews like they deserve. Oh wait there isn't any tech websites that give Apple bad reviews and every tech website makes a big deal about Apple product launches. Hmm…

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 12:39 4

11. jbash (Posts: 342; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Maybe we want to voice our opinions because last time I checked it was one of the wonderful things about being an american citizen. FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 13:43 2

12. remixfa (Posts: 14051; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


this site has been very pro apple for a long time. The only thing that has gotten worse is the grammar. Also, many of the news storys (which are pulled from other sites) are now days behind other sites instead of hours. Dunno whats going on, but there are things slipping.

I come here more for the conversations than anything. lol Laughing at tards, and sometimes saying stupid things myself just to keep the threads going is entertaining.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 14:05 8

15. arena (Posts: 18; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


If all ipad2 has this issue, then it's a problem. If not, then it's nothing more than an isolated case that's bound to be blown out of proportions by NON IPAD2 users :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:27 4

29. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You mean like when an initial shipment of Droid Xs had screen issues? Yeah. Don't act all innocent. At least Moto and Verizon apologized and hustled to replace affected units. I won't wait up for Jobs's apology or promise of replacements. They couldn't do it for Antennagate. Why would they do it now?

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 16:56 4

34. aruegas (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Mar 2011)


But the fact that the ipad2 still sells more than its rivals is proof that it's still the better device. The consumers have spoken, and ipad2 is the best. And there's nothing haters like you can do about it.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 17:00 4

36. Rich (unregistered)


or maybe apple crap is just more trendy? even if it isnt as good?.... BINGO....

ever notice how apple takes all the credit from the media? even for the things it doesnt deserve?

apple can stamp its logo on a cell phone from 1990 and itll sell like hot cakes. doesnt make it good tho.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 17:54 3

41. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Just like Christianity being the biggest overall faith in the world means that the God of the Bible exists, right?

Killer marketing and good looks can make anything outsell the competition.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 01:18 1

55. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


And why drag Christianity into this? Geez you're so pathetic.

Don't hate Apple and its users for Android devices' incompetence to sell.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 01:26

58. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*ahem* The Motorola Droid sold more in its first (was it 100 days? Can't quite remember) than the iPhone did.

Yes, yes I will compare iFanboys to Christians, at least the zealots. Some Apple users are like Catholics; they believe, they pay their dues, but they live their lives and move on. iFanboys are like the young earth Creationists. And Android users are the rationalists. iFanboys subscribe to one word, the word of Jobs. They follow his commandments.

Android users have one thing in common: their distrust of Jobs. They acknowledge the good Jobs has done and the good philosophies he's introduced, but they lack faith in his divinity and don't subscribe to his faith. Instead, they pick their own philosophies, some of which may share values with Jobs. They'll pick Motorola, or Samsung, Verizon or T-Mobile. But they all steer clear of the myths which Jobs preaches. And they are usually the better for it.

I like this analogy, actually. It works. :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 17:18 3

40. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Why would Apple apologize if they're not at fault? You're not holding your phone right, so it is your fault :) You should be thankful that Apple takes time to care to teach people how to hold phones the right way :) See how great Apple is?!

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 18:12 4

42. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Okay. Okay. I get it, Gemini. I get it. Congratulations, it's funny. You're a damn good troll. I suspected it at times but in the end you had me fooled. Well played, sir. :)

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 01:21 1

57. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


I'm an ipad and iphone and mac book user, posting in an Apple article, and you call me a troll? Lol. It's like calling me an intruder in my own home. You're officially stupid :)

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 01:28 1

59. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


" You're not holding your phone right, so it is your fault :) You should be thankful that Apple takes time to care to teach people how to hold phones the right way :) See how great Apple is?!"

Here are your choices: admit you're a troll, or admit that you really were stupid enough to post what I just copied and pasted above and MEAN IT.

It's self explanatory why that was a stupid thing to say. Don't insult my intelligence, Gemini. The jig is up.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 14:57 2

19. B (unregistered)


Its like Conan O brien had in his now famous ipad 2 promo video.......the fanboys will buy it not matter what we say. Its funny though the idrone reaction to the faults and defending it,its like they said in the matrix movie,those trapped deepest in the matrix will ultimately be the ones trying hardest to defend it!

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:52 4

30. IOS5 (unregistered)


It seems that Android devices don't have any fluty units lollll what about nexus s when got the last update and screen become yellow, galaxy s with lag and bottoms not even working and drop calls some times etc... The same thing happend first time when iPhone 4 relase some haters said the screen looks yellow so what do you spect from Android fan.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 17:18 2

39. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yes. There are sucky Android based phone models. This is recognized and I have addressed this concern in my comment post which also discussed that evil which iFanboys despise: fragmentation. But Apple makes one phone a year, one tablet, and a few computers, none of which undergo any drastic design changes. They had a year in which to make sure bull like this didn't happen, and they failed.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 16:48

32. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


i new ipictureframes could get periods xD

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 16:55 4

33. Rich (unregistered)


YAY!!!! Another iP.O.S.!!! who cares if it works anyway... as long as im sitting in starbucks with my iPad ill still look cool. even if it doesnt turn on!

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 16:57 5

35. Rich (unregistered)


YAY!!! another iP.O.S.!!! who even cares if it works anyway.... ill still look cool sitting in starbucks with my ipad even if it doesnt turn on...

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 19:05 4

45. ROFL (unregistered)


Hey Apple, give your fan boys free cases. This time the case needs to be dark black that can cover the whole display and blocks all leakage. It's a simple fix.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 19:51 2

46. meshka (unregistered)


Yeah I've been having the same issue, only mine has three very large, very bright yellow leaks on the bottom near the home button. I'm returning mine this Friday.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 21:05 1

47. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You may want to hold off. This happened with iPhone 4 where basically the glue from the factory hadn't dried off and was causing the yellow spots. It fixed itself in a couple of weeks when it dried. Google it.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 22:07 1

49. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yeah, wait until you can't get an issue resolved anymore until you go in to try to resolve it.

Why the hell would Apple send units out with undried glue and sell them? Are they really just that lazy?

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 23:49 1

54. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Their product is in such high demand that they rush it out the door. Why would Xoom sell a tablet without the software supporting flash and sd cards. Two features that are supposed to differentiate it from the iPad? Are they lazy or incompetent for selling an unfinished buggy product?

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 01:19 1

56. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


They shouldn't have to rush their product out the door. These are units which were in stock, or should have been in stock, weeks before launch. This is the backlog they built up to try to meet demand. So if they're having issues with undried glue now, what's going to happen with the freshly manufactured devices? Are they going to just completely fall apart?

The Flash issue is easily explained: Motorola and Adobe held out until Flash 10.2 was out to add it. And Flash was promised, and will be delivered only a few weeks after launch. As for the SD card support, that's supposed to be fixed soon too.

But, ye who is so quick to judge software shortcomings, how many things did the iPhone lack? Like picture messaging, which pretty much every phone had? Or a camera flash? How about a decent camera?

Add to this that Apple had an entire YEAR to improve on an EXISTING PRODUCT and get it into production. And what did they do? Threw in just enough so it looked like they were being competitive. The only piece of hardware in that slab of plastic that is in any way competitive is the GPU. Otherwise, the iPad will now be an "also ran" in the specs department.

Oh, it'll outsell everything and the Bible. But high sales don't equate to high quality. And when people are once again sick of Apple being control freaks, as has happened in the past, then Apple will finally once again put forth some effort to jump ahead of everyone. Except for this time, stagnation among Apple's competitors is no longer likely.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 22:11 3

50. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You guys really need to cool it with the abuse of the upthumb/downthumb button. By you guys I mean the iFanboys.

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