Colors not as vibrant with a replaced LCD screen that is OEM?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by andyACEcandy, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. andyACEcandy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2008
    I'm pretty sure I already know the answer, but I purchased an OEM screen replacement for my iPhone 7 Plus after shattering the screen. I replaced the screen just fine and everything works perfectly.

    Only thing is, I've definitely noticed the colors just aren't as vibrant. Don't get me wrong, it does look good but it's just not quite the same. I'm assuming this isn't truly "OEM" (original equipment manufacturer)? Or is that just the repercussions of replacing an iPhone screen altogether?

    Here's the screen... $40 haha I know I got what I paid for but just wondering if there's any "technical" answer I'm missing here. I guess the "OEM" part throws me off.
  2. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    As you said, you already know the answer. :(
  3. andyACEcandy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2008
    Any idea where to buy a legitimate OEM screen? I've done screen replacements in the past and didn't notice this big of a difference.
    I know Apple replaces screens on iPhone 7 Plus for $150... so I'd imagine official screens can be found for less than that somewhere.
  4. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    I don't know anywhere and even if it says OEM, there's a good chance it's not. The only way to get an Apple quality screen is from Apple. It's not the same as the early iPhone days when getting a good screen wasn't that hard.
  5. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    There's a possibility that it is an OEM screen, but ...

    a. it's from a manufacturing lot that is not as bright as your original screen.

    b. your original screen was brighter than specified and your replacement is fine.

    c. you need to have your screen calibrated.

    On (c), Apple has special calibration machines that the Geniuses use when they replace a screen. Perhaps that's what you'd need ... but unless you have a buddy who's an Apple Genius, good luck finding that machine.
  6. JPack, Jun 12, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2017

    JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    Ask for a Tianma screen.

    OEM screens will be about $100. The cloned screens vary in quality and in price from $30-60. Tianma is one of the higher quality clones.

    The so-called OEM screen you received was a lie. If it was priced at $40, the screen was probably worth $25 at most. The seller needs to pay for "free" shipping using expensive USPS and tack on a markup.
  7. SparklyPickle macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2017
    Ebay. There's your answer.

    Plus, $40.
    Only Apple has genuine hardware for their products.
    Ebay is knockoff kingdom, it's very easy to claim something as OEM.

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