The iPad 2 has been out on the market for nearly a month; users have had enough time to try it out and are starting to report hardware and software glitches they are discovering to Apple and other online technology forums.
The users are helping to contribute to a top 10 listing of issues that are the most concerning to the majority of users. While most of the issues appear minor, there are some that are possibly more serious. Some of the issues being reported as having problems are:
The top issue that most users are reporting is that the iPad 2 application FaceTime tends to freeze up while users are making calls. The application, along with the iPad 2 device itself, must then be restarted before either will work.
Another issue cropping up involves the iPad 2’s backlight. Some users are reporting that it tends to bleed from the edges of the device’s display screen, causing patches of light to show up on the screen. This one is thought to be a possible manufacturing issue.
Yet a third issue involves the iPad 2 device’s high definition video camera, which appears to be having issues that point to its color system when it records video. The colors are being reported as looking strange and streaky when it records HD video. It’s not known if this problem is being caused by hardware or software, but it’s under investigation.
Another issue related to colors, are strange yellow patches appearing on the iPad 2’s screen. These are said to be because the device was put out too fast and the adhesive from manufacturing wasn’t allowed to properly dry. Once the user has had the device for a while, these should go away, as the first iPad had similar issues as well. The problem is caused by wet bonding glue that was not dry when the device was shipped out to customers.
Connection and Activation
Other problems that some customers are putting out at the technology forums include connection and activation problems when using the device’s wireless connection, which had been expected to be resolved when a patch came out for the iOS 4.3.1 update, dead pixels in some areas of the screen and that on occasion the device’s speaker gets stuck in headphone mode.
All in all, the new iPad 2 is still fairly young on the U.S. market and is just starting to reach other world markets. There may still be issues that are reported in the future, and Apple will have to deal with them to keep their customers happy.