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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. Zkrizzle's Avatar
      Zkrizzle -
      lol i have both phones and i compared it myself 3G is yellow 2G is white D: apple=epic failure
    1. ARCHA1C's Avatar
      ARCHA1C -
      Dude... It's meTal... not medal... the first time, I let it slide, the second time, I'm helping you out...

      Metal vs. Medal


      Quote Originally Posted by ichidakilla View Post
      Well I had the Powerbook G4 (medal), a White Macbook and a Black Macbook and I must say that the Powerbook was very durable because i dropped it so many times and it still works. The White Macbook is durable but shows scratches very easily and the white kind of starts to discolor and shows stains. (you can try to google that)
      Also from another site they are talking about taking the iPhone 3G apart and they are saying how the G3 is put together differently. (maybe to save cost or who knows what)
      Who cares what I say hahaha back to the iPhone.
      Only time will tell.
    1. boneheadxan's Avatar
      boneheadxan -
      Quote Originally Posted by ARCHA1C View Post
      Dude... It's meTal... not medal... the first time, I let it slide, the second time, I'm helping you out...

      Metal vs. Medal

      Hahahahahaha

      Hmmm, so if all iPhones have this?? How many do you think, are they gonna replace :P Like, they won't replace all the 1million (approx figure) they've produced, because of a cheaper display.
    1. penguin_tri's Avatar
      penguin_tri -
      yea ive got a yellowish screen, but its only obvious when compared to my old iphone. plus when comparing i thought the new 3g screen has finer detail.
    1. laxmaster232's Avatar
      laxmaster232 -
      i didnt really want the 3g because so what if it has 3g i have t-mobile! and you have to activate it in the stores really? come on apple. i just happy i have my normal iphone because its all anyone needs
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mofolo View Post
      ..Yeh...but, what about mobile web surfing.
      2G sucks.

      No GPS...

      And the headphone jack is stupidly recessed.

      And - im guessing the Yellow Screen will be replaced at Apples cost...
      I'm almost always near a hotspot.

      GPS....... like you don't know where you are standing.

      I use bluetooth, what headphone jack.......

      More pain, more problems, more downtime.
    1. .:MirrorminD:.'s Avatar
      .:MirrorminD:. -
      TBH I think they were made this way on purpose. On a bunch of other sites, blogs, talkbacks, like, macrumors, engadget and whatnot.....it seems everyones is this way, but only noticable when compared to their old one. I wouldnt count on Apple replacing them, it seems it was done on purpose, perhaps to cut costs
    1. PhoneLine's Avatar
      PhoneLine -
      Quote Originally Posted by ARCHA1C View Post
      Dude... It's meTal... not medal... the first time, I let it slide, the second time, I'm helping you out...

      Metal vs. Medal
      Now that made me smile on a hetic day!
    1. .:MirrorminD:.'s Avatar
      .:MirrorminD:. -
      Another pic






      There are a few threads started on Apples forums, i would suggest posting there regarding the matter at hand
    1. Colorado Steve's Avatar
      Colorado Steve -
      Moore's Law

      Although Moore states every two years computer chips get better and iPhone only has been out for a year. Newer things will always be better than old. Still, extraterrestial technology is some cool *** **** to have!

      soon this phone too will be jailbroken and that's even tighter.


      side note: Im still waiting for my hover board
    1. ajaxuk's Avatar
      ajaxuk -
      Well I hadn't noticed the yellow tinge until you pointed it out.... now it's really bugging me

      When you comapere the two side by side, the new one really stands out...in a bad way.
    1. boneheadxan's Avatar
      boneheadxan -
      Quote Originally Posted by .:MirrorminD:. View Post
      TBH I think they were made this way on purpose. On a bunch of other sites, blogs, talkbacks, like, macrumors, engadget and whatnot.....it seems everyones is this way, but only noticable when compared to their old one. I wouldnt count on Apple replacing them, it seems it was done on purpose, perhaps to cut costs
      But wouldn't that affect Video quality? Everything will be toned Yellow...almost like shooting videos without white balancing

      Its sad. I want 3G n GPS....but I also want crystal white display.

      As for the guy who said, the display looks finer, I doubt the resolution has been improved.
    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
      7 to 3 right now in favor of yellow screens. Man, if this keeps up, the 3G iPhone will be remembered as a lemon at launch. That's really unfortunate for all of you that are getting one today.
    1. timbo's Avatar
      timbo -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      Well, MacBooks are made of plastic - and theyre pretty solid construction.
      I would not say that. Mine is only a year old and pealing and cracking on the corners. $195 to fix in the Apple store. NOT COVERED BY WARRENTY
    1. bubonicbryan's Avatar
      bubonicbryan -


      I was just watching the mobile me guided tour and the screen on Johns Iphone seems to have a yellow tint too.

      Anyone else see it?
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      wow, this is the exact fuel that the people who didnt get the 3g need right now.

      i might use my gps tommorow to take me to my local apple store, but before i do that ill use my blazing 3g internet speeds to find the stores phone number.

      none of which can be done on 2g.
    1. tamakin's Avatar
      tamakin -
      Wow this is disappointing. I just woke up and was about to go buy it. I have to think about this one now.
    1. .:MirrorminD:.'s Avatar
      .:MirrorminD:. -
      Quote Originally Posted by boneheadxan View Post
      But wouldn't that affect Video quality? Everything will be toned Yellow...almost like shooting videos without white balancing

      Its sad. I want 3G n GPS....but I also want crystal white display.

      As for the guy who said, the display looks finer, I doubt the resolution has been improved.
      Well the same thing could be said about the first gen iphone, that screen is tinted blue alittle bit..

      If enough people complain to apple on their site maybe they would release a gamma type setting in a future update
    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
      @ reeko, its not fuel M8. Its a disappointment to hear that the screen is yellow. I personally did NOT get a 3G iPhone, but I certainly don't want to see those who did have this kind of problem. I was as excited as anyone for the launch and have been here all morning to read about how great the 3G iphone is. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case.
    1. butterknives1382's Avatar
      butterknives1382 -
      the pics on apple.com have 3g with normal white screen