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iPhone 3G S has yellowish tint

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DaveHanson Calculating status...
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Jun 19, 2009 3:13 PM
I just got my iPhone 3G S today and noticed that it has a distinctly yellowish tint to the screen. Doesn't matter what app I am using, and I've tried adjusting the brightness with no success.

Is anyone else experiencing this issue?
15" Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iPhone 3G S
  • kre62 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 19, 2009 3:23 PM (in response to DaveHanson)
    Not an issue, but is simply the fact that the LCD screen used for the 3Gs is slightly "warmer" then the 3G, just like the 3g screen was "Warmer" then the opriginal iphone.
    Custm, iPhone OS 3.0
  • ellergek Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jun 19, 2009 3:26 PM (in response to DaveHanson)
    Yes, the screen on my 3GS is much "warmer" that that of my 3G, which had a much bluer/"cooler" tint. This is interesting, because I thought the original Iphone had a yellower/"warmer" tint as well. Anyone know if this change is by design or just a manufacturing issue? Personally, I think I like the bluer tint/3G screen better.
    Iphone 3GS and Unibody MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Late 2008 MacBook Pro 2.53GHz
  • Carlos916 Calculating status...
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    Jun 19, 2009 3:28 PM (in response to ellergek)
    want it the regular iphone that had the cool blue tint, then the 3G had the yellowish tint..

    so wut ur saying is that the 3gs has a more yellow tint??
    HP, Windows Vista, ugh!.. need a new one.. and wuts up with the new iphone??
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    Jun 19, 2009 3:30 PM (in response to DaveHanson)
    Really? Thats why? I noticed it the moment I looked at it for the first time. White is not white anymore. Its so far from white it doesn't seem right. I came off a 1st gen where the white was very white. For example... in settings, each section was white before. Sitting here holding the two side by side.

    IMO the 1st I have has a far better picture. The app icons dont look the same either, I mean worse in comparison to 1st gen.

    A bit disappointed with that and the sound too, same song sounds better on 1st gen.
    HP a1730n, Windows Vista, Windows 7 Beta Build 7000
  • Carlos916 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jun 19, 2009 3:36 PM (in response to theminhb)
    yeah i liked the 1st gen iphone color and they said the reason the newer iphones have a tint of yellow is to make the colors more warmer and stand out more..
    HP, Windows Vista, ugh!.. need a new one.. and wuts up with the new iphone??
  • Shaun Rosenberg Level 4 Level 4 (1,335 points)
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    Jun 19, 2009 3:40 PM (in response to DaveHanson)
    yes. I don't like the color of this screen. I also have some bright pixels in the bottom border...
    Primary: 15"2.4 MBP(SR) Secondary:G5 Dual 2.5+many,many, more computers and asso, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Currently Triple Booting OSX, Vista, Ubuntu but use OSX 90% of the time anyway
  • Carlos916 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jun 19, 2009 3:41 PM (in response to Shaun Rosenberg)
    lol.. i feel ur pain it took me a while to get used to the yellowish tint..u will be ok..
    HP, Windows Vista, ugh!.. need a new one.. and wuts up with the new iphone??
  • necronym Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)
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    Jun 19, 2009 4:20 PM (in response to DaveHanson)
    A friend and I both bought the 32GB 3G S in Black today. My screen is definitely more yellow than the 3G, however my friends screen is even more yellow than the screen on my iPhone.

    I think he's going to try and get it exchanged later today (his screen is very yellow)
    MacPro 2.8x8, 16GB RAM, HD4870, Eizo CG220, 24"LED Cinema, MBP 2.53Ghz, Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.7), MB Air, iPhone 3G
  • dmiannay Calculating status...
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    Jun 19, 2009 4:41 PM (in response to DaveHanson)
    I have one of each generation iPhone so I photographed them side-by-side with the new iPhone 3GS in the middle. They are in this order left to right; 2G - 3GS - 3G. It is unmistakable that the 3G is a good bit warmer than the 2G and the 3GS is indeed a bit warmer that the 3G. I believe I'm partial to the 3G color at this point. Hopefully Apple will release a firmware update that implements a user controlled setting.

    [Comparison Picture|http://www.hisreef.com/IphonePix/2G-3GS-3GScreenColor.jpg]

    Doug
    Dell XPS 720 H2C, Windows Vista, also iMac 24 2008
  • Steve Hodson Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
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    Jun 19, 2009 4:45 PM (in response to DaveHanson)
    Same issue here...I noticed the 3GS was a good bit yellower than the 3G. I'm sure I'll get used to it as I did with the transition from 2G->3G last year...sigh!
    MacPro 2.66GHz, Mac OS X (10.5), 8GB, 300GB Velociraptor, Apple 20" Cinema
  • theminhb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 19, 2009 6:09 PM (in response to dmiannay)
    Doug. Yes, a Cool and Warm switch would be nice. I do not like this yellow at all. Actually thinking about giving it up because I am pretty certain that this yellow washed out look isnt right. All my photos and movies look yellow and washed out like it needs a contrast adjustment. I tried fooling with brightness but no luck.

    Here is mine. While the left 3Gs looks fairly close to IRL, the 1st gen doesnt look as white in the pic.
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3314/3642027093_ef2eb89c04.jpg
    HP a1730n, Windows Vista, Windows 7 Beta Build 7000
  • dmiannay Level 3 Level 3 (850 points)
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    Jun 19, 2009 6:29 PM (in response to theminhb)
    Just curious... how did you remove the "Notifications" setting that appears right under the "Wi-Fi" setting on your 3Gs in your picture?
    Dell XPS 720 H2C, Windows Vista, also iMac 24 2008
  • B_D_X Calculating status...
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    Jun 19, 2009 6:49 PM (in response to DaveHanson)
    This yellow tient is far away from color fidelity! Sorry, but that's unacceptable! Please Apple, change this by re-calibrating the colors.
    I loved the colors and the contrast the first iPhones display had. A little less red than there and you're done with an almost perfect display!
    MacBook Pro + iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7), + iPhone, iPhone 3Gs, iPods, Time Capsule
  • Tom Slininger Calculating status...
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    Jun 19, 2009 7:20 PM (in response to DaveHanson)
    My wife and I both picked up our iphones 3GSs today. Her white 32 GB iphone 3GS does not have the yellowish tint but my black 32 GB clearly does. It is very easy to tell the difference. I think that alone is evidence that this is not something Apple intended. If it were something Apple intended, then her same model iPhone would look just like mine with the same settings (but it clearly doesn't!). Don't get use to it, exchange it like I am going to do tomorrow at an Apple store. The reason why notifications did not appear in the above photo is because he had not allowed push notifications in any apps at that point. My wife's iphone was like that too until she said yes to notifications in the Text-for-free app. Please post more comments like this if you are suffering with a yellowish tint. I'm curious how prevalent this issue is. Like I said before, my wife's iPhone 3G S does not suffer from this yellowish tint. It's screen actually looks more like a crisp iPhone 2G (cool white).
    3G S, iPhone OS 3.0, 32GB
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