Does the White iPad Look Yellow to You?

Does the white iPad look yellow to you?


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28Gauge

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I have always liked the looks of the white iPad in promotional videos and photos. But when I see one in the Apple store or Best Buy, the white bezel always seems to have a slight yellow tint and not the bright white that I see in the advertisements. Has anyone else noticed this?
 

Macdude2010

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Mar 17, 2010
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The Apple Store
I have always liked the looks of the white iPad in promotional videos and photos. But when I see one in the Apple store or Best Buy, the white bezel always seems to have a slight yellow tint and not the bright white that I see in the advertisements. Has anyone else noticed this?
Its the contrast of the white bezel and the screen, that's why the black one doesn't do that
 

28Gauge

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Its the contrast of the white bezel and the screen, that's why the black one doesn't do that
Hmmm. I always attributed the yellow tint to the store lighting. I know that the different types of bulbs (incandescent, fluorescent, etc.) can change the lighted hues of different objects. I never took into account the contrast between the screen and bezel.
 

Lansing

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Jul 1, 2010
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Glossy white things will always tint to the color around it. If you have yellow lighting, it will have a yellow tint.
Blue lighting (Like CFL) will give it more of a blue tint.

Don't worry too much about it and get what will make you happy
 

kujen

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Mar 10, 2012
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It's reflects the light around it. Store lighting doesn't usually look very nice.
 

JohnnyQuest

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May 25, 2006
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It definitely looks a pale yellow in some light. And considering I'll be using it indoors most of the time (where lighting is primarily more yellow), I chose black. It just looks strange with the bright screen and a slight yellow border.
 

pure3d2

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Mar 7, 2012
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Glossy white things will always tint to the color around it. If you have yellow lighting, it will have a yellow tint.
Blue lighting (Like CFL) will give it more of a blue tint.

Don't worry too much about it and get what will make you happy
How come the white iPods never exhibited this? They were always bright white.
 

thekev

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Aug 5, 2010
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How come the white iPods never exhibited this? They were always bright white.
Some materials are more prone to metamerism issues than others, so they show more variation under different lighting temperatures relative to other objects viewed under similar lighting conditions. I don't know the full details of the materials or processes used to make either of these items or if they're similar.
 

BergerFan

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Mar 6, 2008
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The white on iOS devices is not 100% brilliant white by design, I guess.
I had a white Incase Slider on my iPhone 4, and that was noticeably more white, than the white iPhone.
You only notice it, when it's next to something that is brilliant white. In that situation, the iPad and iPhone seem to be a slightly milky, or 'eggshell' white.