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  • Chris Parana Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2011 7:44 AM (in response to Snowglider)

    Mine's definatley off-white and not as vibrant/crisp as my iPhone 4. Looks like everything was bleached by the sun...

  • Viet Dao Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 10:00 AM (in response to Snowglider)

    It's definitely an issue for me -

     

    I have a black iPhone 4s and my sister's boyfriend picked-up a white one, and I just compared the screens:  mine's definitely more yellow.

     

    I'm going to try the leave-it-on-max-brightness-for-two-days fix and see if that resolves it. I'm currently on the phone waiting for Apple Support - we'll see what to do.

  • mollib Level 2 Level 2 (460 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 10:33 AM (in response to Snowglider)

    Oooh, I've been looking for posts like this! I've been searching since Saturday morning, but all of the "yellow screen" posts were going back to the issues with the 4.

     

    My 4S is the same--compared to my 4, it's "yellowy" and warm. I did compare it to my husband's 4S (also a black model) and his didn't look as yellowy at all. He said he actually thinks his 4S screen is brighter/nicer than the 4. So it's somewhat reassuring that it's not a model-wide issue.

     

    I wouldn't have exchanged the phone just for the tint, but mine came with a bonus big black smudge near the top that only shows up in low-light situations (low brightness levels). So it'll definitely be going back. And hopefully the yellowy color will either fade over the next couple of weeks or not be present on the new one.

  • lukefrombaton rouge Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 2:19 PM (in response to Snowglider)

    I have the same problem. I went to the Apple store to see if this was normal. All the 4S display phones had a nice crisp bluish cooler tint compared to mine with a dull yellow warmer tint. I showed the Genius the comparisons. They were reluctant to swap it saying that all the 4S's in the back had that same yellow tint. After insisting that they swap it, they did, and the **** new one had the same yellow tint. Does anybody know if apple is using 2 different LCD makers to make the 4S? Perhaps this is the reason some are yellow and some are blue...

  • ulmelqlo Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2011 4:44 PM (in response to Snowglider)

    sorry to say mine does too. absolutely more yellow (and less contrast) than my iphone 4.

     

    really hope it gets better over time, similar to the glue issue last year.

  • Sarno Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2011 5:57 PM (in response to Snowglider)

    Same problem here for me. Took it to the Apple Store on Saturday to get replaced but they were out of replacement phones. Only retail versions. So I have to go back sometime this week. Kinda ***** considering our Apple Store is about 45 minutes away.

  • applegeekva Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2011 6:23 PM (in response to Sarno)

    After seeing all of these posts with the same problem, I'm feeling very lucky that the screen on my 4s is just fine.  But I have 2 other friends that have the yellow tint issue.

  • VaTech03 Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2011 8:03 PM (in response to Snowglider)

    I also have this problem. If the yellow doesn’t go away in a few days, I’m returning my 4S and going back to my 4. As much as I love Siri, I can’t stand for losing quality with an “upgrade.” BTW, I’ve noticed my 4S has a noticably shorter battery life. If that’s the cost of a dual core processor, then you, sir, can hang on to that additional core.

  • kevwkev Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 9:33 PM (in response to Snowglider)

    Perhaps you all wanna join the rest of the people here:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1251205

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  • MacSince85 Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2011 10:39 PM (in response to Snowglider)

    My wife has a white one and I have a black one. They are definitlely different with the white iPhone having more of a crisp screen and the black one having more of a "yellow hue."

  • MacSince85 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 11:03 PM (in response to Snowglider)

    A quote from "savior1974" on macrumors.com stating the warmer colors are intentional and BETTER.

     

    For anyone that has two different iPhone's with different Screen colors (cooler/blueish vs warmer/yellowish)

     

    Bring up this picture on both iPhones, and you will notice the difference in black levels (contrast ratio) between the two screens.

     

    http://oi51.tinypic.com/adm8b7.jpg

     

    You will notice that the one with the warmer whites, actually shows the shadows of the pumpkin in more detail that the cooler whites version. Also if you look at the shadows eyes, they are more pronounced on the warmer than on the cooler screen. This means that the warmer colored screen is actually calibrated better.

     

    Thoughts?

  • chr0m Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2011 11:19 PM (in response to MacSince85)

    That may be so, but as I said on macrumors, I prefer my whites to be white, not cream.

  • Viet Dao Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 11:39 PM (in response to MacSince85)

    For all those people who say "it's as designed" or "it's supposed to be that way" - then please explain why my friend's white iPhone 4s has a different color (blue tint) than my black iPhone 4s (yellow tint)? I can understand if you're sayihng that it's a different intentional design between iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s, but this is a difference between two 4s's.

  • Christopher Twomey Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2011 11:39 PM (in response to Snowglider)

    Perhaps this is related: Apple has changed the polarization of the glass on the front of the iPhones.  I just discovered this (for myself anyhow; undoubtedly bloggers figured it out long ago).  On my 3GS and 4, if wearing polarized glass-lensed Raybans or such sunglasses, you would see a mildly darkened screen when the phone was in the veritcal orientation, but a very darkened (unusably so) screen in the horizonal orientation.  (Interestly, the iPads, both 1 and 2, are polarized in the opposite dirction, wokring w/ sunglasses in the horizontal mode.) 

     

    But w/ the iPhone 4S, I note something other than basic polarization at 90 degree increments.  It seems to align (thus darken a bit, but actually more of a color distortion that mutes all contrasts?) in a diagonal aspect.  Both horizontal and vertical are quite visiable at 90 degrees with sunglasses on (and without). 

     

    No, I'm not whining about seeing these in the sun.  There are separate threads for that.

     

    Anyhow, perhaps that polarization is what some of us are noting.  Yes, I realize it isn't the case we are all complaining about the different shades of whites and contrasts when wearing sunglasses, but perhaps the new polarization (or polarization replacement) is the source of at least a subset of these effects that some of us are sesing?  Just a thought.

  • abrian Calculating status...
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    Oct 18, 2011 12:33 AM (in response to Snowglider)

    I have the same problem with my black 4S. But as someone else mentioned on here, I used to have the same problem when I first got my iPhone 4 last year. It had the same yellow tint that my 4S has right now and it really bothered me, but after some time it cleared up and turned into the nice blueish tint. It's actually the one I've been comparing my 4S to and there's definitely a difference. I'm hoping the same thing is going to happen again this time. I'm going to give it at least 2 weeks before I consider taking it in to apple.

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