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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. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      Just called Apple tech support and im getting a new iphone in 2 days. Mine doesnt have the yellow screen issue but the proximity sensor is f'ed up and when i pull the phone away from my face it doesnt light up with the screen. Whatever but at least theyre taking care of it
    1. Flashbagman's Avatar
      Flashbagman -
      Mine has a digitizer issue as well...
      There is a 2CM horizontal stripe across my screen that it does not recognize any finger touch.
      Then get serratic in selecting stuff if you touch nearby that location...

      Oh and it does this after being on for at least 20 sec or so...

      Joy!!!

      Getting mine replaced by tomorrow.
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Flashbagman View Post
      Mine has a digitizer issue as well...
      There is a 2CM horizontal stripe across my screen that it does not recognize any finger touch.
      Then get serratic in selecting stuff if you touch nearby that location...

      Oh and it does this after being on for at least 20 sec or so...

      Joy!!!

      Getting mine replaced by tomorrow.
      mine basically stays black like when you hold it close to your face even when i pull it away. i called tech support and they are sending me a new unit. Hopefully the new one wont have any issues
    1. CByrdie's Avatar
      CByrdie -
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedEvoIX View Post
      mine basically stays black like when you hold it close to your face even when i pull it away. i called tech support and they are sending me a new unit. Hopefully the new one wont have any issues
      My 3g and then 3gs had this same problem! they replaced my 3g but when i got my 3gs i didnt bother to call because i think its just the phone! when i remove the phone from my face and it doesnt come on i jus wipe the sensor off and it comes on! i know 5 people with iphones that didnt have this problem but i had 3 with that problem! i think its the oil from my face honestly!

      And the yellow spots on my screen seem to have disappeared and i read on engadget that other people are reporting the same thing. something about the phones being shipped out to quick that the bonding hasnt completed!
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by CByrdie View Post
      My 3g and then 3gs had this same problem! they replaced my 3g but when i got my 3gs i didnt bother to call because i think its just the phone! when i remove the phone from my face and it doesnt come on i jus wipe the sensor off and it comes on! i know 5 people with iphones that didnt have this problem but i had 3 with that problem! i think its the oil from my face honestly!

      And the yellow spots on my screen seem to have disappeared and i read on engadget that other people are reporting the same thing. something about the phones being shipped out to quick that the bonding hasnt completed!
      i tried wipping it and nothing Oh well ill get a new one in a few days regardless
    1. HitNWakes's Avatar
      HitNWakes -
      My iPhone screen looks fine but I've had 'NO SIM' pop up 3 times now. Had to reboot. Anyone else getting this?
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      my replacement has already been shipped and i get it tomorrow!!
    1. DistortedHope's Avatar
      DistortedHope -
      I have 2 of the spots on the top of my 3GS, It's not a new problem. I would have gotten it replaced at the apple store a while ago, if the closest one wasn't 30 miles away.