iPhone XS Max How severe is the blue-shift on your XS Max?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jason748, Oct 23, 2018.


Do you see a blue-shift from just 5 degrees on a white background?

  1. Yes (with True Tone ON)

  2. No (with True Tone ON)

  1. jason748 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2018
    I got my XS Max today but I noticed that even if I tilt it extremely slightly at 5 degrees, I get a slight blue tint on white backgrounds, I can't notice it unless the background is white. The blue tint obviously gets a bit worse the more I tilt it but is it normal for blue shift to begin starting from just 5 degrees?

    I did alot of research and am aware that blue-shift is normal on OLED but is mine on the severe side or is it normal?

    I have 100% brightness and True Tone turned on (I much prefer the warmer True Tone), but the same happens even if I turn off True Tone. It's less noticeable with True Tone turned off.
  2. strikerdj2011 macrumors newbie


    Sep 28, 2018
    my first xs max had a fair amount of blue shift i liked it tho as i like cooler colour screen but had to return it for the creaking flexing problem was defo a lg panel but my new ones much more warmer more of a pinkish / yellow ish hue so defo a samsung panel
  3. jonstatt1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2015
    There are no LG panels yet....all Samsung and they vary enormously
  4. strikerdj2011 macrumors newbie


    Sep 28, 2018
    having used the lg v30 and pixel xl 2 / s8 s9 note 8 note 9 / iphone x xs maxi beg to differ
  5. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Defenders of Apple will vote one way, detractors will vote the other. There's no validation who is who or if they're just throwing monkey wrenches into the poll.
    The results of this poll (and all other polls on mr) aren't worth anything.
  6. pdp1 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2018
    I don't own an Xs or Xs Max but I compared an Xs to an 8 pretty extensively at the store last week. I'd imagine for both phones brightness must have been near or at 100% (auto brightness) since the store lighting is very bright. Anyway, I noticed the exact same thing as you on the Xs, the screen shifted blue at a very shallow angle. But as you stated, it was only very apparent on completely white areas of the screen, but still visible on lighter, but not completely white areas too. The changes were so much more apparent to me than the color changes when viewing the iPhone 8 LCD at the same angles. Needless to say, this bugged me a lot. And just for the record, I don't have a huge preference between the warmer yellow color or cooler blue, it's just the fact it changed so easily bothered me.
  7. jonstatt1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2015
    What are you differing on? Apple have not started using LG yet for their phones and that’s a fact. All iPhones with oled panels are Samsung so far. Last year with the X some went pink and some went blue and they were also all Samsung
  8. andyp350 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2011
    It’s a known characteristic of OLED screens. Like all things they have their pros and cons. My XS Max is my first experience with OLED and I have noticed the colour shift on changing viewing angles but it didn’t bother me really as I’m using it straight on 99% of the time.
  9. jason748 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2018
    I think I would prefer the pinkish / yellow hue more than the blue, lol. Do you still see any blue shift when tilting or is it just more pinkish / yellow when viewing from head on?

    This is a mentality that I just don't understand, I'm new to apple as this is my first iPhone so i'm unfamiliar to the Apple community. Why would Apple fans turn a blind eye if there's clearly an issue with the screens?? What's up with that? I posted this same thing on /r/apple on reddit and I got downvoted like crazy. I wasn't dissing Apple at all and I even said I loved the XS Max overall, I just found the display's blue shift to be a bit disappointing so I asked a curious question yet people just downvote me there without saying anything, the people who replied saying they had the same issues were being downvoted as well...

    From what I hear from the responses so far, it seems like almost everyone has this same issue. I will need to compare with the display models at the Apple store over the weekend to double confirm with my own eyes, if my XS Max's blue shift level is normal then I won't bother to fix it and i'll try to just get used to it as everything about the XS Max has been great so far. But if my XS Max is a dud then that will be really disappointing... I wonder if Apple genius will fix or replace it for me... I purchased it brand new from a private seller so my only option is getting help from Apple directly under warranty. :(
    --- Post Merged, Oct 23, 2018 ---
    Yeah I use it from head on most of the time as well but I feel like from a slight 5% degree before blue shift starting is a bit concerning. As you can easily tilt your phone 5 degrees when doing everyday tasks like typing or checking notifications etc. It definitely wouldn't bother me if the blue shift started more at a 45 degree angle as I can't see myself viewing my phone at that angle most of the time unless it's lying on my desk.
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Everyone’s threshold for “blue” is different. When I tilt my phone 5 degrees, I see little to no blue shift. I have to tilt to near 30-40 degrees before the “blue” really kicks in and that is not how I use my phone.
  11. harrisondavies macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2010
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    I’m wondering why it matters. I don’t read/look at my phone off axis.

    Even if I did, the shift is slight to warrant complaint. I guess it comes with the territory and I hear Apple have mitigated it as much as possible.
  12. strikerdj2011 macrumors newbie


    Sep 28, 2018

    now i dont see any blue shift its just more of a pinkish tint on my new device some times looks yellow depends on the lighting around me
  13. OTACORB macrumors 68000


    Jun 21, 2009
    Central, Louisiana
  14. jason748 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2018
    Hey sorry for the late comment but I made a booking with the Apple store and was curious on whether or not they just simply replace the screen or give me a refurbished iPhone?
  15. strikerdj2011 macrumors newbie


    Sep 28, 2018
    will just be refurb unit in a white box normally but with yours being under the 14 days might give you a brand new one
  16. AlthePal macrumors newbie


    Oct 20, 2018
    5 degrees and seeing some blue shift is normal as long as your screen, when looking head on, is uniform with whites displaying accurately. I can see blue shift at just a 5 degree angle on my XS Max. I’ve compared my unit to the XS and XS Max’s at an Apple store and actually was surprised to find that mine was better than a majority of them there. Some displays were overall more yellow (TT off) and some shifted pink, some pink/yellow, some blue, and one really bad one that shifted violet. I personally find the blue shift to the the least distracting. IMO the ones that shift pink and yellow are the most distracting. I have seen ones with no shift at all but couldn’t find one at this particular Apple store. I also noticed that some displays at 100% brightness were dimmer than others. Mine at 100% is blindingly bright, I don’t think I ever go above 75%. Overall I was happy with my display compared to the ones at the Apple store I went to. As long as you’re happy with your display, that’s all that matters. You could definitely try to play the display lottery but you could end up with a worse unit also.

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