According to posts published by Apple 4S owners on the Apple Support Communities forum, some customers are reporting that the display screens of their devices show a very noticeable yellow-tint when compared to the older iPhone 4s. The members say contrast is down and the screen appears washed out.
While seemingly a small matter for many, the issue has generated quite a lot of interest and concerns over what one user has labeled “Yellowgate.”
The users report
A sampling of the posts on the Apple support forum indicates that the problem is real and that users are upset with this turn of events.
One user on the forums, named chr0me stated:
“I noticed this pretty much straight away on my black iPhone 4S, compared to my iPhone 4 the screen looks washed out and yellow…
“My [old] iPhone 4 was a joy to look at, I was expecting the same experience from the 4S!”
The following comment by “JM562002” was indicative of the “yellow screen” experience that some iPhone 4S users were encountering:
“My co-worker noticed this morning how the contrast is also “off” color. The colors are not very vibrant either. The yellow tint is Very harsh on my eyes as well.
“Apparently Apple hasn’t made any statement regarding this issue but I do see that I’m not the only one to be experiencing these issues. I will be calling Apple support tonight to figure this out.”
The “glue” theory
One theory that many of the forum members believe to be an explaination for the yellowish tint on their displays has to do with the transparent glue that sandwiches the clear glass screen pieces to together.
The reasoning is that the glue hasn’t cured yet and that the yellowish tint on the display will disappear once the glue has finished drying. Some members reported that this same yellow tint was evident in the old iPhone 4 and went away after 2 weeks.
The other theories are more involved and have suggested everything from a factory adjustment to make the screens warmer in color to a change in the polarizing properties of the glass.
In essence, they blame Apple.
Send it back or wait
iPhone 4S users have reported that Apple will exchange the “defective” units for a new one within the warranty period but as of now, no word has come from Apple about the mysterious yellow iPhone screens.
Others are going to wait it out for a few weeks to see if the problem goes away before sending back their iPhone 4Ss for a replacement.
Written by: Frank Ling on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 – 2:43 PM
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