March 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM ET
Uh oh! The iPad 2 has barely been out for a few days and there are already reports of some possible screen defects.
Engadget and Gizmodo are reporting that several iPad 2 owners have complained about the backlights of their devices "bleeding" through the edges of the screen. There are pages and pages of similar complaints on popular Apple-centric forums.
As you can see in the video below — recorded by Kevin of iAmPhones — the "bleeding" basically means that there are bright spots along the edges of the screen. They're especially noticeable in dim light conditions.
My own iPad 2 is pictured below. When I view a dark image on it with the device's brightness set at 50% — the default level — I am able to see some light bleeding at the bottom edge of the screen. It's not so bright that it's distracting and I'd wager that I probably wouldn't notice it very much at all if I weren't so very aware that it exists.
When I contacted an Apple Store regarding the issue, I was asked to schedule an appointment with a Genius so that he or she could take a look at the device. While the Apple Store employee I spoke with did not confirm that exchanges were being offered devices with light bleeding, she did make it a point to emphasize that the store was currently out of stock and that iPad 2 replacements could not be done on the spot at this time.
At no point did she suggest that this was a manufacturing issue or that — as Engadget suggested —the problem might disappear once "the bonding agent used for the LCD glass had time to evaporate."