For me the easyist way to see it is to compare it to another iPhone, even a 4S, but if you can't compare them directly, just look down the front of the screen (so the top of the phone is closest to your eyes) and rotate the phone clockwise and counterclockwise (as if there's an imaginary axel going straight through the middle of the screen, front to back, to rotate upon). When I rotate mine clockwise it gets very yellow, and conversely when it's rotated counterclockwise it's very blue.
Doing this I can see that when it's straight up and down, and I'm looking down the screen from the top, my phone doesn't match another iPhone 4S or the iPhone 4's in the Apple store.
My guess, and it's only a guess, is that the screen isn't seated exactly straight or some covering for the screen isn't lined up properly. I don't think it's glue at all.
To all the Apple defenders...here is the deal...nobody asked Apple to make the screen softer, duller, more polorized, etc. If this was an intentional decision, ALL IPHONE 4S's would have the same screen. I love Apple products too, but you don't have to post about how you think the screen is fine. You're not going to win any "Steve Jobs award" for defending their screens, or calling it a decision.
To everyone who thinks it's a software issue, and that a color setting would fix the problem...backup your iPhone 4S and restore it to your iPhone 4. Hardware issue.
Unfortunatly Apple will never acknoledge this because stupid people who hear that there is a potential problem with their 4S will flock to the store to get a new one, even if they don't have the problem.
At this point I think the only thing we can hope for is that their manufacturing process tighten up before the iPhone 5 which I'm sure all of us in this forum will buy anyway .
I to have the Yellow Screen iPhone 4s problem. I went to the apple store to compair my phone to the ones in the store and found the phones in the store looked nice like my old iphone 4. I asked one of the sales people there if he could see a differance and he agreed that my phone looked yellow compaired to the ones in the store and now i have a appointment to get the phone replaced.
I also went to a att store to compair my iphone to theres and the phones they had also looked nice not yellow like mine. The sales person at att told me that my phone is defective and that i need to go to apple to have the phone replaced.
I just hope that the new phone has a nice looking scrren that is not yellow. They are out there because the ones in the stores look good. I will not accept this ugly looking yellow screen.
Take a picture of any white object using both the blue screen and and the yellow screen iphone. Compare them side by side, you'll notice a big difference. Pictures don't lie
Are you saying there is a difference in the way cameras render pics between the two types of screens?--as though pics from two cameras could be viewed side by side on a neutral monitor, and one would be warmer than the other?
I wouldn't expect that. I would expect a pic taken with a blue screen to appear yellow on a yellow screen, and vice versa. Just as any pic from a third source, or any screen in the iOS for that matter, would appear bluish or yellowish, depending on which phone it's viewed on.
As for the comment by someone else that Apple will never address this, I think they will if the media forces the issue. I want to hear what they have to say.
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On my 2nd iPhone 4S, this one just as much, if not more yellow than my 1st one. To the people that are saying it gets better after a couple of weeks.... Is getting better, or is that you're just getting used to it? I'm not so sure it's a "glue" thing, i hope it is, because this is really upsetting. It really almost does make me not even want to use my iPhone, the yellow screen makes me sick. Really hoping it gets better.
I just got the 4S. The screen isn't even close to my 3G!
When I go outside in the dark the screen automatically
gets LESS brightness?? ***?? I compared the nightime
outside viewing with my old 3G and I'm ready to take the 4S
back and choke the $35 restocking charge. I also connected
both to my home WIFI and simultaneously opened a webpage
that I hadn't been to before. Yeah, the 4S is faster.. a little...
who cares. I'm going to take it back and get the 4. Junk....
Just got an iPhone 4S 64GB Black - did not notice it at first - but when side by side with iPhone 4 I have a faint yellowishness to it - and the whites are not as bright.
How can the colors be "more accurate" if white is not white?
no I don't think you need a colorimeter to adjust the color pofile on your phone - I "calibrate" my computer monitors using the color sensors I was born with - and never had any trouble calibrating them to my preference.
when flipping through photos it does not seem as noticable -but when browsing the web and email etc - it is noticable - not sure if I believe it will fade over time - though maybe my perception of it will fade as I spend less time comparing them side by side.
does seem odd that Apple would choose to make the change - not sure if it is dramatic enough for me to be unhappy about it - not thrilled at the moment - especially since I did not see any of these posts or reports prior to purchase.
it is definetly faster - will need to see how well the other improvements make up for the tint
I got back to Apple Store in Glasgow today to exhange my black 4s 16GB. The salesperson who was very friendly last time acted like a true salesperson this time.
I brought my old iPhone 3 with me and showed him the difference. The difference is immense. Again, he did recognize the difference. As many people here suggested, it is not noticeable in the first place. Plus, you should stop yourself comparing your device with other 4ss those potentially have better screen quality. If you comply with this simple rule you will be fine and will get used to yours after a while.
Anyway, the salesperson this time argued that I should not expect to see all devices with the same screen quality as they are not "identical", he said. Well, this argument obviously fails. Devices must be identical. At least the one I bought should has the same screen colors and quality with the those on the display. Please do spend some time and check the devices on the display with your own one. I am an Apple fan. So I do not go any further on complainting about my experience at the store. However, I must point out that he was not happy exhancing devices because he told me he must be selling them with contracts.
There are couple of important points that I want to raise.
First, I should not be spending time writing my experience. This is ridicoluos. Apple has to make sure that we are fully satisfied with the product.
Second, I should not be writing words like "better", "noticeable", "potentially" and "identical". We are talking about electronic devices which come out from mass production. These devices must be identical otherwise production line should be checked internally and externally. Difference on quality can never be an issue (nowadays you even never have a "better" BigMac at McDonalds, even they are made quickly by human beings. Whereas the components of these devices are electronically generated and enter into mass production).
I bought this new 4s to "upgrade" my experience with iPhone, in particular, and Apple services, in general. However, as far as the screen quality is concerned, my 3 years old 3G has a much better quality, brightness, and it is not yellowish at all.
I will keep my 4s for another 14 days and exchange it if I feel I angry one morning. In the meantime, I will wait and see what Apple will do about this issue.
You guys know that the screen in the 4S is produced by a different manufacturer than the one in the i4? Though there's a possibility that screen problems could exist, a number of reviewers have noticed the washed out-ness in comparison to the 4. If you think you have a problem though don't hesitate to get in touch with Apple.
UPDATE form my first post.
Went to the apple store for my genius bar apptment. Showed them my iphone 4s with the yellow screen and had them compair it to my old iphone 4 and there iphone 4s on display. They did agree that my iphone 4s had a yellow tint to it comparied to there display models and my iphone 4.
Now this is where it gets really bad. They were happy to change out the phone for me but we went through 3 replacment phones and they all had the yellow tint to them. Another genius saw what we were doing and said she had the same problem just the other day, where she went through a bunch of new phones and they all had the yellow tint too.
She said that she thinks that they got a bad batch of phones and that they where all going to have the yellow tint. They suggested that i call apple care to get a replacement from them in hopes that the replacement from them will come from a differnt batch and not have the yellow tint problem.
After 1 hour on the phone with apple care, most of the time on hold i have another iphone 4s on the way. Fingers crossed that it does not have the yellow tint.
I will update again when i receive the replacement.