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
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.
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