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Friday, September 09, 2011, 06:35 am PT (09:35 am ET)

LG resolves quality issues with LCD displays for Apple's iPad 2

LCD maker LG has reportedly resolved quality issues it experienced in producing displays for Apple's iPad 2 related to backlight leakage, and its production has returned to previous levels.

LG produced 4 million units for Apple in August, a number in line with its production levels before the company experienced the issues, DigiTimes reported Friday. Those numbers are expected to be similar for the month of September, the report said citing industry sources.

"LGD's shipments of iPad 2 panels declined significantly to 2.5-2.6 million [units] in July from the previous monthly volume of about four million units due to problems with the backlight units (BLUs), prompting Apple to source more from Samsung Electronics and Chimei Innolux (CMI)," the report said.

While LG worked to fix its issues, Samsung shipped nearly two million panels for the iPad 2 to Apple in July. In that same month, CMI was said to have produced as many as a half-million units.

Total iPad 2 unit shipments are reportedly expected in the supply chain to be between 12 million and 15 million in the third quarter of 2011. That would easily best the record 9.25 million iPads Apple sold last quarter.

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After the iPad 2 launched in March, some users reported issues with light leaks and yellowing on the tablet's 9.7-inch display. Some early iPad 2 units showed light leaking onto the screen around its bezel when displaying a dark image, sometimes referred to as a "flashlight effect."

Reports singling out LG's displays as problematic first cropped up in May. The issues prompted the Cupertino, Calif., company to look elsewhere for screens for its hot-selling tablet, landing Samsung four million orders in the first quarter of calendar 2011.