updated 12:55 pm EDT, Tue March 22, 2011
Buyers complain of multiple faulty replacements
A number of iPad 2 buyers have been encountering backlight leaks, Apple's support forums indicate. Affected tablets will show extra light bleeding into the display from the edges, in different places and to different degrees. The problem has been present since the product's launch on the 11th, and may continue to appear even after multiple replacement units.
Exacerbating the situation is the scarcity of replacements available. Apple's online store is listing shipping times of four to five weeks for new orders, and while it may be possible to get a quicker replacement through a retail outlet, shops have been regularly selling out stock. Each chain also has its own separate warranty and exchange policies. Some posters have suggested simply returning defective iPads and waiting until availability and quality control have improved.
Apple is reportedly keeping a close watch on returns at the moment. The company is said to be monitoring for issues such as the light leaks, while also devoting extra effort to troubleshooting. No public acknowledgement of the situation has been made so far.