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  • iPhone 4 Screen Defects Reported


    Now that people are finally getting their hands on iPhone 4s, a few of them are turning up defective. The Unofficial Apple Weblog passes on news of some new Apple Support discussion threads where users are noticing iPhone 4 screens with some discolored areas. There's no word from Apple yet on this issue, which appears to have been first reported at about 7:45am Pacific time today.

    In every new product, manufacturing defects are almost inevitable. The iPhone 4's Retina display, an IPS LCD with the highest pixel density of any smartphone screen on the market, is a different beast than the TFT screens on the iPhone 3GS. It's already been reported that LG Display, the manufacturer of the Retina display, has had some difficulty producing the screens, with "low yields" from their 4th generation manufacturing processes. Upgrades to their assembly lines are expected no sooner than late summer of this year.

    One new iPhone owner reports "3 blotches about the size of shirt buttons that discolor the screen a brown/yellow color: on the lower portion of the screen." The user could not identify the subtle discolorations at first; it was only after using the phone for about 45 minutes that the defect became apparent. Another user saw it on the top of his screen and made an appointment for a possible replacement (though it seems unlikely with tight supplies that any store will keep phones on hand just for use as spares). The user whose screen is pictured at the top of this post saw "an orange/brown (almost burnt color) blob at the bottom right corner and top right corner" and " orange/brown smudges across the top."

    If you're about to pick up your iPhone 4, check the screen as closely as you can and make a report as soon as possible. Replacements will almost certainly be first-come, first-served.

    image via elitemrp.net
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4 Screen Defects Reported started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 148 Comments
    1. godsrainbow1984's Avatar
      godsrainbow1984 -
      Yea I read that people are also having trouble with the new antenna's

      iPhone 4 Loses Reception When You Hold It By The Antenna Band?
    1. xyx's Avatar
      xyx -
      haha
    1. zYxMa's Avatar
      zYxMa -
      I just hope that these bad news are just a little bit over exaggerated :/
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      WOW this is garbage
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      I thought the i4 had a A B G N wireless protocal? So far no N protocal.
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      Maybe some of these are over exagerating. I mean come on an Iphone 4 with screen issues and now they discover its even slower than the Ipad even with double the RAM. I hope the Iphone 4 and the Ipad both incorporate the same type of CPU. Because if the Iphone 4 is "suppose" to have a better CPU, then well. CRAP again!!!!!

      Come on people its just a screen, it doesnt stop the phone from working. geesss
    1. knguyen's Avatar
      knguyen -
      If Apple recognizes this as a defect and honors an exchange, I'd take this as a great opportunity for a new phone 6-7 months down the road. At that time, my phone has probably been dropped a few times, maybe a few scratches, that's when I'll take it in for the exchange. They'll either give me a new phone or change the display. Since the display is glued to the front pannel, bamm, new display and new front panel.
    1. nycdiplomat's Avatar
      nycdiplomat -
      reminiscent from last year or the year before with the 3g screen showing a yellow tint
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      Quote Originally Posted by knguyen View Post
      If Apple recognizes this as a defect and honors an exchange, I'd take this as a great opportunity for a new phone 6-7 months down the road. At that time, my phone has probably been dropped a few times, maybe a few scratches, that's when I'll take it in for the exchange. They'll either give me a new phone or change the display. Since the display is glued to the front pannel, bamm, new display and new front panel.
      After my initial this is GARBAGE....I then was thinking along these lines
    1. matrixhunter's Avatar
      matrixhunter -
      I have received my new iPhone 4 today and it still has the screen and backside protectors on it that came with it shud I take them off or keep them on I really don't want to get my phone scratched or anything
    1. clarky8's Avatar
      clarky8 -
      Another great reason of why not to get one of the first ones. Wait a couple weeks so they can get some kinks worked out then buy one.
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      Here we go again...
    1. godsrainbow1984's Avatar
      godsrainbow1984 -
      Just got mine delivered from Apple and it is AMAZING....no defects that I can see even after turning up the brightness to the max...

      This thing is BEAUTIFUL!
    1. zYxMa's Avatar
      zYxMa -
      Quote Originally Posted by godsrainbow1984 View Post
      Just got mine delivered from Apple and it is AMAZING....no defects that I can see even after turning up the brightness to the max...

      This thing is BEAUTIFUL!
      How about the signal? [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB2-dwKWv8E&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - iPhone 4 Drops Reception Issue[/ame]
    1. godsrainbow1984's Avatar
      godsrainbow1984 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zYxMa View Post
      I'm testing this out every way possible and I am staying at full bars throughout every time, so it seems to be doing just fine...
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      I always had signal issues even with my 3GS.
    1. beantown6171's Avatar
      beantown6171 -
      just saw a video, if u lay the phone down u get full bars as soon as the guy grabbed the phone touching the metal part the bars went down to nothing, i think that is why they are selling those bumber cases, just did it myself holding the phone while touching the metal the bars went down as soon as i layed it down the bars went back up
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Apple is really going downhill fast with their quality control. This is not something they need happening to them when their future seemed so bright.
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      One problem I'm having on both my iPhone 4 is the volume when talking to someone is super low even when volume is all the way up.
    1. zYxMa's Avatar
      zYxMa -
      Quote Originally Posted by godsrainbow1984 View Post
      I'm testing this out every way possible and I am staying at full bars throughout every time, so it seems to be doing just fine...
      That's cool.

      Quote Originally Posted by DJM AutoWerkz View Post
      I always had signal issues even with my 3GS.
      Me too, all the time!

      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Apple is really going downhill fast with their quality control. This is not something they need happening to them when their future seemed so bright.
      It happened to me last year, when I bouth Nokia N97 thinking about the quality... Defeat

      Quote Originally Posted by beantown6171 View Post
      just saw a video, if u lay the phone down u get full bars as soon as the guy grabbed the phone touching the metal part the bars went down to nothing, i think that is why they are selling those bumber cases, just did it myself holding the phone while touching the metal the bars went down as soon as i layed it down the bars went back up
      I don't like this