iPhone 3G Yellow Screen Issue

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Spanky Deluxe, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Hi everyone,

    Does anyone else's iPhone 3Gs have a yellow screen tint?

    You can see it clearly in the following photo. The iPhone 3G is on the left, my old iPhone 2G is on the right. The 3G's one is distinctly yellow and dimmer than the 2G one when set to identical brightness.

    Photo 76.jpg

    I'm on the phone to Apple Support now to try to look into this fault. :(

    Edit: UPDATE

    I've posted further down in this thread but I want to write something here for new folks in this thread.

    Since starting this thread, I've returned my iPhone and have been lucky enough to get another one and its a lot better. Now, from what I can gather from this thread and people's experiences is that all 3G iPhones have a slight yellow tint compared to the original iPhone. Its not as bad on the whole as my picture indicates.

    If you have an original iPhone to compare it with, set both to maximum brightness with auto-dimming off. The iPhone 3G should be brighter than the original one. Yes it will have a yellowish tint compared to the blueish tint of the original iPhone. SOME iPhone 3Gs appear to have a slightly faulty screen/backlight and appear to be dimmer and very yellow compared to the original iPhone. In my opinion, these are faulty.

    I'm a lot happier with my replacement phone although I would still prefer the colours a little cooler.

    If you have an issue with the yellow tint but its not as bad as I described mine to be then I suggest filing some feedback with Apple about the iPhone using the following form:


    If enough of us ask for it, we MAY be able to get screen colour temperature options and maybe even more advanced colour/contrast/gammut settings etc - something professional photographers would probably like anyway so as to showcase their work on the fly better.

    Some people prefer the blue tint, some people prefer the yellow tint. If we ask Apple enough, maybe they will give us some more choice on this. I fully believe this can be far better controlled with a software update. Honestly, there's a good chance that Apple purposefully made the screen appear this way so that the icons on the dashboard and films appear to have far more colour depth and contrast and so would pop out as better to some people.

    Edit 2: Some comparison shots of my replacement iPhone 3G and my original iPhone 2G are here. A montage of my first iPhone 3G, replacement iPhone 3G and iPhone 2G are here.

    Edit 3: Some people have reported better colour tones after connecting their iPhones to iTunes and doing a full restore to factory settings. It appears that a slightly newer firmware version is downloaded and this seems to have corrected the colour somewhat. I add that I did this with my replacement 3G iPhone by accident too because it got messed up during Apple's server activation crash so my second 3G iPhone photos are using this new build. Make sure you backup your iPhone before trying this.
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    uh oh...this can't be good. The start of another major QC issue? Say it ain't so!

    Hope you are able to get it replaced.
  3. cookiemoose macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2007
    There was a LCD panel lottery with the first generation screens. I got lucky and had a screen which was fine but a friends was noticeably yellower.

    Not sure if anyone ever had any success in getting theirs swapped if they had the yellowing issue.
  4. sananda macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007
    oh! bad luck spanky. i hope this isn't widespread.
  5. jaglad macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2007
    Royston, UK
    Mine is noticeably yellow in comparison to my old iphone, in fact I am not very impressed with the iPhone 3G, I think I will keep my old one.
  6. Spanky Deluxe thread starter macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Yeah, I'm not happy. Now I've got to go and take it back to Carphone Warehouse and start a repair/replacement process. God knows how long that'll take with the current shortages. At least I have my original iPhone though.

    CPW are probably already sick and tired of me, spent most of the morning there!!
  7. fastbite macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    Wow! this yellow screen crap is devastating. Sorry for this! Here we go again...
  8. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    OH NO! This is bad news. Sucks you have to bring it back..

    I hope this isn't an epidemic...
  9. entwife macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2008
    i work at o2 and my mate is from cpw, all screens i have seen so far (6) are yellow compared to 2g version
  10. born4sky macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2008
    so apple did say that this is a defect ?
  11. drpellypo macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2007
    Northumberland, UK
    I have the yellow screen too. It is better in terms of contrast, but is suffering from the yellow tint.
  12. cookiemoose macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2007
    Waiting for City Link to deliver mine, fingers crossed if theres yellowing it's not too noticeable. Will report back..
  13. ddk121 macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2006
    Wales, UK
  14. cherbert macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2007
    I wonder if this is caused by the firmware and can be fixed via an update?
  15. stadidas macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2006
    Kent, United Kingdom
    I haven't activated yet (waiting for my new number and then will transfer all texts etc), but just looking at the "Connect to iTunes" screen, it looks yellow compared to my original iPhone. With the current shortages, there's probably not a lot of point trying to take it back now. I'll wait a few weeks and then go in and complain. As far as I'm concerned a yellow screen is a defective unit. This is a premium phone and you should expect premium standards.
  16. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
  17. Nicholas.C macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2008
    I don't think so, anyone know becasue they've cut on a few things since the credit crunch started that this was coruced by it?
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I can understand that some iPhones will have a defect of some sort, and I'll usually tell them that no company is perfect. However, it sounds like a very large proportion of people have this problem. :eek:
  19. willcodejavafor macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2007
    At least you can be sure that a 100% of the people that have reported this problem will have it. Unfortunately that does not say much :)
  20. cherbert macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2007
    Now I'm even more nervous waiting for my delivery. When I get it I'll post my results of the Daz Doorstep Challenge.
  21. dalcorn1 macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    I noticed a yellow tint but it went away when i turned the brightness up
  22. javadh macrumors member

    May 13, 2008
    maybe its not a defect and all 3G phones have yellow screens... crappy screens to cut the price?
  23. Cattywampus_ macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2006
    Same thing here too. I thnk its something that I could get used to. And since it seems to be a problem with a lot of units I would imagine that Apple will either do a massive recall (and woudl assume they would send new handsets out before sending one back - so no disruption of use) - or fix it with a software update.

    I rekon its a software issue myself.
  24. Nicholas.C macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2008
    the apple guy i spoke to on the phone said the only yellow screen you should get is in notes

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