Wednesday, 23 March 2011 08:59

iPad 2'¦ sees the light?


Concerns that the iPad 2 has 'light leak' issues around the bezel are shining a different kind of light on Apple's latest and greatest iDevice.

Reports that some iPad 2 users are seeing light leakage at different parts of the bezel have emerged on the Internet.

Electronista, among a number of other sites, has a photo of the iPad 2 light leakage in action.

Funnily enough my iPad 1 has a small light leak on one side of the bezel, but I'd never really noticed it before or took that much notice of it, but concerns over whether the new iPad 2 models are suffering widespread issues over the light, or not.

Some users who have taken 'faulty' iPad 2 units back have reportedly received replacement units with the same issue, and given that most iPad 2 models would be from the initial 'first run' batch of JesusTablets, there has been advice online as well not to bother returning light leaked iPad 2 models until more stock is available.

Quite how useful that advice is, is yet to be seen - you'd most likely want to alert your Apple Store as quickly as possible so they know you are seeing the light you're not supposed to be seeing, and then Apple can advise you on what to do next.

A 'yellowing' issue on some iPad 2 screens is meant to be around special glue that needs a little extra time to dry before the yellow disappears of its own accord, with the two issues said to be unrelated.

Aside from photos on the Internet, most people haven't seen this issue as yet with their own eyes, but with March 25 rapidly approaching and 25 more countries due to get iPad 2s galore, if there is a real issue regarding the light leak, we'll likely hear a lot more about it next week.

Last night, Apple officially announced that the March 25th date was definitely on, and Apple also released its cheaper iPad 2 pricing for Australians.

Discounts of between $50 to $100 are seen over the earlier iPad 1, in what is a most welcome development, especially considering the strength of the Australian dollar over the past few months.

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Apple says that it will sell the iPad 2 from 5pm on Friday the 25th of March, with online orders able to be placed from 1am that morning.

The Wi-Fi model of the iPad 2 sells for $579, $689 or $799 in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB versions.

The 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS-equipped model of the iPad 2 sells for $729, $839 and $949, with all these prices thankfully including GST.

The now famous Smart Cover will sell for $45 in its polyurethane version, or $79 for the leather model. 

The iPad 2 is also able to run apps that the iPad 1 can't, such as the new iMovie. Now that the iPad 2 is here, a rush of iPad 2 only apps over the next few months is bound to emerge, making the desirability of the iPad 2 that much greater as time goes by.

At least until the iPad 3 arrives, of course. There's only 340-something days to go, but that's next year's technology.

This year's going to be the year of the iPad 2, remember? So far, light leaks or no, it looks to be coming true already!


Finally, stories of issues and/or glitches with Apple products always seem to happen when new products are released, and while they cause a great kerfuffle initially, they usually seem to rapidly disappear. Clearly, those with issues are suffering real issues and Apple will undoubtedly fix them for affected users.

The real question will be how widespread the issues might be, and how quickly Apple can get its manufacturing partners to fix the issue permanently, while avoiding any such issues for the iPad 3.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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