F=Light Bleed

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Macdude2010, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Macdude2010 macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2010
    The Apple Store
    So I just got off the phone with apple support about my iPad 2 having light leak

    One thing the apple advisor told me is that if the 4th letter in your serial number if F (mine is one of them) then your iPad most likely would have light bleed.

    I Want to test this theory to see if it is correct.

    Please post if your iPad's 4th letter in your serial number is F or not and post if your iPad has bleeding or not

  2. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yes and yes, but not too much.
  3. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Fourth letter is F and zero light bleed with full brightness on a black screen in dark room.

    Suppose it doesn't mean the theory is not correct to a lesser extent.
  4. Macdude2010 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2010
    The Apple Store
    Care to post pictures?
  5. iPadThai, Apr 19, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011

    iPadThai macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2010
    * first black 16GB ipad was DQTF (contained massive light leak)
    * first white 32GB ipad was DLXF (contained massive light leak)
    * 4th black 16GB ipad is DLXF (still contained light leak but not as bad as #1)
    * 1st white 64GB ipad is DLXF (still has some light leak but best of all returned)
  6. Mlrollin91 macrumors 603


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    DLXF very light light-bleeding. Not enough for it to bother me.
  7. iPadThai macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2010
    So why the letter F? Is there any substantiated proof that Apple knows this is a problem? Is this even considered defective by apple's standard?
  8. Sodner macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Probably ALL ipad2's have F as the 4th digit. :rolleyes:

    ha ha ha :D
  9. Macdude2010 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2010
    The Apple Store
    Apple right now is rounding up as many defective iPad 2's as they can right now and I guess most of them have F as their 4th letter in the serial (this is what the senior adviser told me)

    And the senior adviser said apple is very aware of the issue and it is not normal and apple is working on a fix for it as we speak that will be out soon
  10. iPadThai macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2010
    Thanks - but what is the "issue"? Manufacturing defect or what? What's actually wrong with it?
  11. Legion93 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Death Star, Rishi Maze
    My 4th letter of the serial no. is F as well, and my iPad 2 has light leak also, it is a white model, perhaps Apple knew this issue in the first place before starting distributing the units in mass quantities? I don't know what Apple is playing at... that means iPads without the letter F in the fourth letter of the serial number does not contain light bleeding problems? Sounds interesting...
  12. Blakjack, Apr 19, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011

    Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    My 4th and 5th letters(DLXFF)are both Fs. Maybe that explains why my light bleed is REALLy bad :D

    What do you mean working on a fix. It is a hardware issue right?

    Im assuming they will be making an announcement as to what we should do when they figure it out. It would be sweet if they sent us all 25-50 Bucks in the mail(That'll never happen) if we choose to just keep it the way it is, cause mine is bad, but it doesnt effect anything really.
  13. GadgetAddicted macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
  14. PBz macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2005
  15. Macdude2010 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2010
    The Apple Store
    No one besides apple engineers know what is causing this (they might not even know yet)

    Just sit tight and apple will fix this
  16. JYCH, Apr 19, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011
  17. DiScO197 macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2008
    Same here, and my light bleed is pretty bad.
  18. Mjmar macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
  19. mikalh78 macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2008
    Mine starts with DLXF. I looked and look and looked but mine has no black bleed. Checked at 100% brightness but nothing. :)
  20. chotty macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2007
    F here

    On iPad2 #2. Both have it bad. Replacement only *slightly better.
    Still quite bad. My guess is it's the glue they're now using, instead of clips on iPad1...
  21. telemon macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2007
    Make a Genius Appointment....

    If you are so inclined...do as I did...make a Genius appointment, show them your iPad with light-leaking, bleeding, etc.

    - they will either give you a new one on the spot, or place an order for a replacement.

    - you continue to use your current iPad until the replacement comes in and then they will call you when its time to come pick up your new one....
  22. iphon4 macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2011

    It's probably the first batch or manufacturer that has the f.
  23. xraytech macrumors 68020

    Mar 24, 2010
    How are they going to "Fix" this? With a Firmware upgrade? XD

    The only time I ever notice it is in a dim room viewing a All Black image in the Photos App. And since I got my iPad 2 for other reason than that, it doesn't bother me one bit.
  24. alphabetagaga macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2011
    Hitchin, UK
    mine is 'f' but I agree totally with the above. i certainly don't want to swap my current unit out for a refurb in a brown box ;)
  25. Simacca macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2008
    UK, South East.
    White 32 gig, 4th letter is F (uk model) and has light bleed, but doesn't really bother me too much.

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