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iPhone 5s display has yellow hue/warmer colors?

4999 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2014 7:46 AM by pappubenz RSS
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Oct 3, 2013 12:50 PM

Should I be concerned that my 5s's display is warmer than the display on my 4, 4s and iPad 3?


With full brightness on each device, the 4, 4S, and iPad 3 all have, well, "normal" whites. My 5s display has a yellow-ish hue to everything. Unnoticeable on most things (like photos), but in Messages and such, it's noticeably yellow.


Anyone else having this issue? I love 5s to death other than this, so I dunno whether it's worth getting a replacement for (or whether Apple Stores even have replacement silver AT&T 5s's at this point, haha).

  • killhippie Level 3 Level 3 (580 points)

    The iPhone 4 and 4S used a different screen, it had a bluish tinge, oddly enough the warmer color of the 5 and 5s shows colours in a more accurate way, its just that you are used to the other phones. I found this when updating to the iPhone 5. The 5s is the same screen.

  • killhippie Level 3 Level 3 (580 points)

    All phones will have slight variations, its down to manufacturing processes, like not all TV screens will be as uniform as others with backlight bleed etc. How long have you had you phone? I noticed my iPhone 5 when I got that seemed to lighten a bit over a week. the 5s may do the same, although mine looks very siimilar to my iPhone 5 so I am not that worried. But as I said there will be variations, go into an Apple store and look at screens of handsets on display and you will see what I mean.Noting is 100% uniform. If you are unhappy exchange the phone. Hope that helps.

  • killhippie Level 3 Level 3 (580 points)

    I'm not in the US so not sure on that, take ot back to best buy first I imagine, if no joy make an appointment at an Apple store.

  • carl wolf Level 6 Level 6 (13,910 points)

    "If that's true, then why do different iPhone 5's and 5s's have differing color temperatures?"

    Because Apple uses more than one display vendor.  If you don't like what you got, you ought to return it.  We can't help you any further than that.

  • killhippie Level 3 Level 3 (580 points)

    If you use a proper calibration tool on say aTV of use cinema mode its has the same warm hues, that is best for natural colour reproduction. As to interlacing the display on my 5 and 5 s is abolutely fine. Maybe you should send it back and buy something else. There is nothing else to be said.

  • pappubenz Calculating status...

    I am faching the same issue. I bought the phone here in the UK. As soon as I unboxed it I felt that the display was not as bright as my iPhone 4S. I went to apple store and got the phone replaced today. The replaced phone also has the same display issue (yellowish, creamish, warmer). I compared my phone with other phones in the apple store display pieces and discovered that only my phone has this problem. When I asked the sales person, he she said new batches of iPhones comes with this display.

    It really looks very dull, especially while using apps with white background.


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