LG has reportedly fixed some quality issues with the iPad 2 display that might have forced Apple to turn to Samsung to pick up the slack. Four weeks ago we reported that a significant number of LG’s iPad 2 displays weren’t passing Apple’s quality control requirements on account of failed backlight units resulting from drop tests. With yield rates at less than acceptable levels, Apple was turning to other suppliers like Chimei Innolux to account for what, at the time, was an iPad display throughput that came in 1 million units short of what Apple was hoping for.
Now, Digitimes is reporting that LG has addressed and fixed the problem and that iPad 2 display shipments are returning to normal levels.
LG Display (LGD) has seen its LCD panel shipments for Apple’s iPad 2 return to previous levels after solving quality issues, industry sources said. Its shipments of 9.7-inch iPad 2 panels went back up to four million units in August, and will stay at a similar level in September 2011, the sources added.
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 Innnolux (CMI), the source said.
The report also notes that Apple’s iPad 2 shipments will reach anywhere from 12-15 million units during the third quarter.
And speaking of problem-plagued displays, the Wall Street Journal reported just a few weeks ago that the iPad 3 launch was initially scheduled for this Fall but has since been pushed back to early 2012 on account of poor yield rates on 9.7-inch screens with a 2048 by 1536 Retina Display.