How big a problem is the yellow tint on the late 2012 21.5 imacs?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Whackintosh, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    I'm very strongly thinking about upgrading from my 2009 iMac but a number of reviews and posts are complaining about a yellow screen tint far more pronounced than in previous models, and it seems to vary from one machine to the next. Have Apple fixed this issue yet to get something more consistent or is still a luck of the draw situation?
  2. macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2011
    Had my 21.5 since Dec & not one single issue. Go for it & start enjoying your new Mac.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    Thanks! That's good to hear! Do you find your 2012 screen to be more or less as good as the ones on the earlier 2009+ models?
  4. macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    The one I got for my wife's grandparents has a yellow tint on the entire right half the screen. They don't notice it so I didn't say anything, but it wouldn't be acceptable to me.
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    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    On previous models of iMacs, who made the panels and was there a yellow tint then? I'm wondering if LG has always made the panels and if there has always been an issue.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2012
    No problems with mine either, arrived in December and been fine since.
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    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    my 27 screen is fine.

    What we don't know is just how bad it is. Is it 2 percent of screens? 10 percent?

    IR and Yellow tint seem to be a solid problem so far along with some minor fan problems.

    Some people are returning 3 or 4 times. Now we don't get to see these machines so perhaps they could be totally acceptable to us but not to them. It's all very unknown as to how big the problem really is. What is known is that it is definitely happening.

    BUT I think I can say with certainty that you are far, far more likely to get a good machine than a bad one.
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    Lil Chillbil

    Jan 30, 2012
    sir sir sir

    you do relize that 4 years from now some dude like myself is going to buy that imac off of them and get it home, stare at the screen for a while and think "hmmmm why is that side slightly yellow" type in "2012 imac one side of the screen is yellow" and find out that the program that replaces those screens has ended 6 months earlier much like what happened to me with my core 2 duo imac
  9. macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2011
    This is my first iMac. Can't comment on previous models.
  10. macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2012
    Cayman Islands
    I just received my new iMac two days ago and I did a side-by-side with my 2011 27". They both have a slight yellowish tinge (very slight) in the bottom third of the screen. This is something no one, including myself, would notice unless they were looking for it.
  11. macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    Yes, but, even if it were returned, it would end up being resold as a refurb anyway - at pretty close to full price. If it's sold in 4 years, it will be a bargain and the yellow screen likely won't sting as much to the buyer therefore.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2013
    And about the brightness, they both have the same brightness ?

  13. mlody, Apr 30, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2012
    I am trying to buy my first imac (refurb) and for some reasons applet hates me. My first imac 27" had a huge yellow tint problem - a 3rd of bottom screen. My new imac - this time 21.5 also has the same issue, but a bit less intensive; however, noticable enough when doing a casual web browsing. I really want to get a mac as my next computer, but at this point i think i might end up with a dell ips panel and a mac mini as i cant really accept the fact that $2k computer has a hugely visible screen issue - i would understand if this some some knock off for $300, but not Apple product that costs 5-7 times more.

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