To replace or not to replace

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by absentraveler, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. absentraveler macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    So, like many people on this forum, I've noticed some backlight bleeding on my iPad 2 that is most prominent when the Brightness setting is at its highest level.

    I live in India, but had bought the iPad from the US. This evening, I took the iPad to the closest AppleCare center to understand what my options are. Fortunately for me, my iPad is covered under warranty in India.

    While the customer service engineer offered me a replacement, he also mentioned that backlight bleeding seems to be normal for iPad displays. He showed me an iPad 1 that was lying around and, sure as hell, that piece had some noticeable backlight bleeding as well.

    I am now in two minds. If I get my iPad 2 replaced, the least I lose is the engraving on the back, since personalized iPads are not yet available in India. Further, if I get it replaced now, there is high likelihood that the replaced piece will have some backlight bleeding as well.

    What do you suggest? When we say replacement iPads, are the iPads brand new or is there a possibility of them having some refurbished parts?

    I have one more question: how easy is it to transfer all data/apps from my current iPad to the new one.

    PS: The backlight bleeding is not that noticeable during everyday use.
  2. absentraveler thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    82 views and not a single response! I'm surprised!
  3. Ashwood11, Jun 14, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2011

    Ashwood11 macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2010
    I believe that replacement iPads are all new units that are delivered in plain brown boxes. It's no problem to transfer apps provided you have backed up to your main computer using iTunes.
  4. ratzzo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2011
    Granted, you would lose your engraving. But you better fix the backlight bleeding issue before your warranty is over and you start wishing you had replaced it.

    Is it easy to transfer? In theory, you should have all of your iPad's content on your computer already. When you connect the new iPad, iTunes will start filling it with your stuff. It's easy, you just have to press Sync. The other variable in the equation is time-- if you have a lot of storage it might be slow, but that's about it.
  5. absentraveler thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    Much thanks for your responses. I took my iPad to AppleCare earlier today and asked for a replacement.

    I was shown a replacement iPad that was brand new. When I took it to a dark room and compared the display with my current iPad, I noticed that the new one had even more backlight bleeding than my existing piece.

    The AppleCare agent cautioned me that any iPad 2 replacement I would have would display some degree of backlight bleeding.

    In the light of this experience, and considering that the backlight bleeding is not interfering with my iPad experience, I've decided not to replace that iPad for now. I'll probably try 4-5 months down the line when I'm sure that better displays are rolling out in new pieces.

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