iPad 2 - Wow, Tell Me the Yellow Screen Goes Away

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Tones2, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Tones2 macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    I just got an iPad 2 and when comparing it to the iPad 1 screen, it is SIGNIFICANTLY yellower. I mean, whites on the iPad 1 seems normal whereas whites on the iPad 2 are yellow. It's dramatic when held side by side.

    I don't remember it being this bad on my iPad 1 when I purchased it. Does this eventually go away?

  2. Grubster macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2010
    I have both side by side and notice the same thing. I bought both on launch day. I generally keep brightness all the way down so I don't hurt my eyes. iPad 1 looks much nicer with whiter screen. At low brightness it almost has a brown tint.

    If you didnt mention, I wouldn't have noticed!
  3. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    These "yellow spot" and "light bleed" complaints that we have to endure with the release of every new Apple device are really getting tiring. Isn't it amazing how they all seem to subside after the device has been out for a while and you don't hear anything else about it? This in spite of the fact that Apple never does anything to address the supposed problems.
  4. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    This is neither a yellow spot or a light bleed complaint. I know the original post was a whole couple of sentences long, but try to keep up.

    I don't have an iPad 1 to compare to, but I will say the screen is more yellow compared to my iPhone 4, which definitely errs on the cooler side of the color spectrum.
  5. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
    type in on google

    iphone 4 yellow screen

    you will see tons of threads about this issue from iphone to macs to ipad
  6. bchreng macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    Is there any way to adjust the color settings on the iPad? My MacBook screen was pretty yellow when I first powered it on, but it was easy to get rid of after fiddling with the settings for a bit.
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    Last edited: Mar 22, 2011

    Tones2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    Why does every question turn into a friggin' argument in this forum! Jeez guys, grow up! :rolleyes:

    I was just questioning whether others have seen such a dramatic difference in the yellow tint on the iPad 2 vs the iPad 1 when held side by side and whether that goes away. I know the conjecture is that it's caused by the glue on the screen, but I wanted to be sure that there was nothing wrong with my specific iPad 2. If that's the way that EVERYONE'S iPad 2 is then that's fine, I can live with it.

    And I'm not making it up NOR is it subtle when held side by side. It's dramatically more yellow. I don't see any setting that would alter this other than turning down the brightness.

  8. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010

    Tony, my iPad 2 is EXACTLY like my 1, although my girlfriends is more "yellow". She doesn't care though....Its just the luck of the draw.
  9. FirePhantom macrumors member


    Mar 22, 2011
    England, United Kingdom, Europe
    Could just be the glue...

    We know, from reports of the yellow spots which go away after a few hours' use, that the glue which they use has a yellow tint before it dries. It could be that the yellow tinting is from the glue and will go away very slowly as the glue completely sets (but you'll never notice because there won't be a rapid change). *shrug*

    It'd be really interesting if you could keep comparing you and your girlfriend's iPads to see if the tint difference diminishes over an extended period of time.
  10. Tones2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    It's definitely not yellow "spots". It's the whole screen.

  11. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    It will not go away. There is a color temp difference in the back lighting that varies from one LED maker to another. Apple does not warranty a color balanced screen.

    If you do not like, you can wait and get it replaced. The chances are very good your new iPad2 will be the same.
  12. Tones2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    Of that's true that's a major bummer. Not sure why I bought an iPad 2 which now has a WORSE screen, same storage, don't need camera nor speed. And the thinnest / lightness is way more subtle than I thought. Man I really fell into the hype. This may be going back. Apple's quality control is not what it used to be.

  13. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    If Apple included a color calibration utility in iOS, a lot of these problems would go away as people could set their color temperature to what they wanted and have a cool blue or warm yellow screen.
  14. Archer13 macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2011
    IMHO, it's incorrect to say "iPad1 is white and iPad2 is yellow" without comparing to calibrated monitor. For example, my PC monitor has the same technology (IPS), i'm using it with Lightroom to preparing photos. Monitor is calibrated with GretagMacbeth Eye-One hardware. And, when I compare my iPad1 to my monitor side by side, iPad has a blue tint. So, may be iPad2 is closer to correctly calibrated display, than iPad1? I can't check, no iPad2 in my country yet :)
  15. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    The yellow tinge goes away. The light bleed doesnt
  16. Tones2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    No, white is yellow on my iPad 2. You'd have to be color blind not to see it.

  17. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    If you can not adjust/adapt to the new screen, then yes, you have the option to return it. If you really want to keep your iPad2, you might to even want to try another when replacements are available but why not just try to enjoy. If you did not have both iPads to compare you might not have even been bothered with the difference.

    It is just not that big of a deal to me for what I use the iPad2 for.:(
  18. Tones2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    It's a pretty dramatic and noticeable thing to me. I noticed it before I even did a comparison to the iPad 1. I mean, white should actually be white as an absolute. If it's not, and there's no way to color calibrate, then to me that's a defective product. Assuming that most are telling me this will NOT change over time, I'll be returning it.

  19. AppleGoddess macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2010
    I have 2 one is blue white, the other is a more natural white
  20. Steviejobz macrumors 68000

    Jun 19, 2010
  21. blue43fan macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2008
    That's strange, because mine is perfectly white. My iPad 1 had a yellow tinge and this one looks much better. I know because I compared my first iPad to another and it was significantly more yellow. I compared my iPad 2 to that same iPad, and it looks even better than the "control". So, out of the three iPads, my iPad 2 has the best screen.

    However, even with a yellowish screen, I would think your eyes would adjust with usage and nothing to compare it to. I wouldn't worry about it.
  22. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    Exactly! Thank you. Same thing with the iPhone 4 displays. Unless you have an accurately calibrated LCD to compare with, it's very difficult to know if your display is inaccurate since the eye compensates.
  23. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
  24. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    I heard Andy Ihnatko say that the iPad 2 screen was definitely warmer (meaning more yellow/orange) than the cooler blue/white of the original. Of course, if your's is whacked out yellow, then I'd certainly return it. Perhaps you could take it to the Apple store and compare it to the iPad 2s on display to see if your's is the same or worse.

    Maybe I'm saying things that you already know, but in the TV realm, when a TV is calibrated to the NTSC standard, which is usually more yellow/orange than what it had been, the owner has to live with it for a little while before he likes it because the whites don't look white to him anymore. In reality, the pre calibrated whites were a more bluish white which is not what our eyes see out in the world. The calibration attempts to get the display accurately represent color. Anyway, I think that Apple may have made the iPad 2 display warmer in an attempt to make the colors more natural.

    As someone else recommended, try living with it for the two weeks and see if you can grow to like it. Compare it to other iPad 2s to see if your's is a problem, or if an exchange is going to get you the same thing.

    My iPad 2 is definitely warmer than my original iPad, but I like it.

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