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  • 3g iPhone Yellow Screens = Apple Fail?
    Update: Restore via iTunes to download a new version of the firmware (2.0, 5A347). The colors will look much better after you restore. The shipping firmware on the iPhone 3G is 2.0 5A345. After the restore, the colors will be close to v1 iphone colors. posted by tamakin

    Update #2: Some have posted that update #1 doesn't solve the issue, the theory is back to bad consistency between various screen manufacturers.

    After waiting in lines and going through the excitement many are reporting that their 3g iPhones have noticeably yellow screens.



    In the picture above the iPhone on the left is 3g, while the one on the right is a 1st generation model. If you remember back a year ago to the original iPhone launch there were two different screen types. One was perfect and crystal clear while the other had small but noticeable white dots. Once again Apple's quality control processes seem to be lacking leading to these disgusting yellow screens on many units.

    [via macrumors]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 3g iPhone Yellow Screens = Apple Fail? started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 164 Comments
    1. cosmoLV's Avatar
      cosmoLV -
      Anyway i don't like the new 3G iPhone Design i like the Old one better.
      i don't like 3G Back side it look bad, the old one is mutch compact, it looks compact and nice....
    1. mgregor's Avatar
      mgregor -
      wa wa wa!! whoooooooooooo cares! I got my 16 gig 3g today and love it. Oh no it's a little thicker and oh no it has a yellow screen. Let's all cry about it, maybe apple will take pity on the whino's. The phone is awesome, for all you people whining, you could have waited and checked out the demo models before you bought it, but no, had to be the first. lame.
    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
      ^^^Will you still be saying that if/when Apple addresses the yellow screen issue or will you be first in line to get a replacement?
    1. cosmoLV's Avatar
      cosmoLV -
      Quote Originally Posted by mgregor View Post
      wa wa wa!! whoooooooooooo cares! I got my 16 gig 3g today and love it. Oh no it's a little thicker and oh no it has a yellow screen. Let's all cry about it, maybe apple will take pity on the whino's. The phone is awesome, for all you people whining, you could have waited and checked out the demo models before you bought it, but no, had to be the first. lame.
      No, No, No...
      This is only thinking about this thing, nothing personaly to you man...
      nobody Crying, don't make a stress!
    1. mgregor's Avatar
      mgregor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kruejl View Post
      ^^^Will you still be saying that if/when Apple addresses the yellow screen issue or will you be first in line to get a replacement?
      Yes, because it doesn't bother me, what is ridiculous is the whining about something people didn't have to buy, if the product didn't meet there standards.

      No, No, No...
      This is only thinking about this thing, nothing personaly to you man...
      nobody Crying, don't make a stress!
      Not taking it personal, just expressing my opinion. Thanks though buddy.
    1. preston03's Avatar
      preston03 -
      I'm thinking about takiing it back just because of the yellow, it is a huge difference between the new and old, I hate it
    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
      @ mgregor, I respect your thoughts on the subject. I guess I would rather not "settle" for the yellow screen just so I could keep the device. IMHO, its a QC issue and Apple should address it.

      Yes, I'm envious of you all that got your 3G iPhone today.....but I'd be more than a little upset if I stood in line for hours only to receive a product that had issues.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by preston03 View Post
      I'm thinking about takiing it back just because of the yellow, it is a huge difference between the new and old, I hate it
      A couple hours after people started reporting yellow screen and quality control issues apple quietly let out a page of info that lists the yellow screen as a "feature" and called it a "warmer looking screen".



      I about pissed my pants knowing AT LEAST 50% of the people on macrumors would believe it and LIKE IT afterwards because apple said so.

      Sure enough.... look in the news section. I swear apple could just stick s&^t on a stick and market it as the iS^t and macrumors would support their sales for the first year.
    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
      ^^^lol!!

      "warmer looking screen".....pee is pretty warm. Maybe that's what inspired them!
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Bad thing is it is not a joke. iPhone 3G Reviews and Impressions - Mac Forums

      The screen is also described as warmer, slightly brighter and better for daylight viewing. This "warmer" quality has generated some complaints about a yellow-tint to the 3G's screen that is most noticeable when compared directly to the first iPhone.
      Apple expects you to believe their new low quality screens are a "feature" and macrumors are eating it up. "YAY for sh&&ty quality screens that are a feature, apple we <3 you

      ~macrumors"
    1. mgregor's Avatar
      mgregor -
      What makes the yellow inferior to blue?
    1. spurlock's Avatar
      spurlock -
      I don't like the yellow look it looks old and use .I will stick with the 1st one.
      At&t had two for show and they look like crap too me..,its could be just me but i like blue color..not yellow even on my tvs lol (Hope you all like Yellow)
    1. aqd84's Avatar
      aqd84 -
      once you update its definately better.. but still the 1st gen screen is way better.. but i guess when the iphone is cheaper .. they use cheaper material..

      but its all good.. just cant wait for the pwnage..and get this thing jailbroken...
    1. second_2_nun's Avatar
      second_2_nun -
      Mine and my womens screen are crystal clear no yellowing here!
    1. HarlemState's Avatar
      HarlemState -
      lol my first and second gen.(white16) were all sewer water lol... im going back down to the apple store tomorrow on 57 in 5th and just tell them this aint rockin, i would like a new phone plz..... and if they font, its a wrap, im going back out side to protest.. make signs and sh*t. lol:-D whats funny is that, you guys think im playin
    1. Fear1508's Avatar
      Fear1508 -
      Let me just point out a few things:
      1) Scientifically a warmer screen is brighter then a cooler screen.
      2) You shouldn't be buying an iPhone 3G just for its looks or making your decision based upon a slightly warmer screen. It is meant for those, like the few of us, who take advantage of the 3G and require the high browsing usage. Basically, you SHOULDN'T buy it for just the looks. Buy it to take advantage of its features and the 3G!
      3) The resolution is the same, you should only be complaining if there was an actual problem with the resolution (ie. dead pixels).
      4) Apple will most likely not be doing returns on slightly yellow screens... For those who experience dead pixels, then yes there is the possibility that you will get an exchange.
      5) And just to throw it in for some people's reference, restoring the iPhone using itunes did reduce the amount of yellow tint for me.

      I hope from those points that you guys make your decision on buying the 3G iPhone based on it's 3G features and not just for looks or because it is a newer version of the iPhone. If you like it simple, and have no care for signing up for a data plan then just don't buy it. If you are interested in data plans, and find surfing and browsing very useful when away from Wi-Fi then yes the 3G is the phone for you.

      And of course, hope your guys screens do reduce in the yellow tint, but obviously it may or may not happen.
    1. makesmoves's Avatar
      makesmoves -
      watever!!! lol the 3g iphone is butt in comparison. apple is beating cats in they head for this ish. stick to the classic and be happy.
    1. 02589's Avatar
      02589 -
      To those who say turning the brightness up solves the issue, please note that the pictures in most of the examples show the brightness page of "settings" and the brightness is full bright.

      The poll shows about 65-35 percent in yellow versus normal. If yellow is normal, does this mean 35 percent of the phones have defective screens?

      I think Apple sold a bunch of lemons.
    1. timliora's Avatar
      timliora -
      I must be in the 35% because mine is bright white and looks great
    1. LeeDude's Avatar
      LeeDude -
      lol @ Timliora's arcade. That's totally bonified badass.

      PS: .01% of people are blue-yellow color blind. Maybe that explains the 35% who see the blue or "crystal clear" screen. lolzor kthxbai