iPhone 4S losing contrast, faded color

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by omr, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. omr macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2012
    Las Vegas, NV
    My wife has noticed a significant change in the color and contrast of her iPhone 4S in a matter of days. Even I, not regularly seeing her phone, can see a very noticeable weakness in color tone and lack of contrast. Obviously we tried adjusting the brightness control in settings, as well as turning auto-brightness on and off and rebooting the device, but with no success. Her phone is approximately 1 3/4 years old, model: MD277LL/A. It's in otherwise great condition. No screen damage or other damage.

    I wondered if anyone else has experienced this with an iPhone 4S, or any model for that matter?

    I'm tempted to do a wired backup and try reinstalling iOS, but I'm assuming this isn't a software issue. Otherwise next step is the Apple Store.
    A new display assembly from a trustworthy retailer is $94. I'm hoping Apple would sell me a refurbished replacement for less than that, and that's an extremely involved DIY. http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing+iPhone+4S+Display+Assembly/7277/1

    ...I posted this question on the apple support forum as well.
  2. iRepairParts macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2012
    I personally have not heard of this issue before. I have heard of some displays being colder or warmer than others, but not the display fading in contrast and brightness. I think your cheapest/ most efficient option is a screen replacement.
  3. doobie83 macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2013
    Same thing happened to me in the last week

    The colors on my screen began to noticeably fade and also blur horizontally (just like motionblur in photoshop). It's still useable but the contrast drop is a bit straining on my eyes.

    How did you solve your problem? Screen replacement?
  4. iRepairParts macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2012
    I haven't heard of the issue you are having before, so I am not 100% sure what the solution is. But from what you are telling me, I am leaning towards the fact the issue lies win the screen. More than likely a replacement would correct the issue for you.
  5. Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    My 6 plus screen lookes faded compared to my new iphone 5s screen
  6. Findingmyway macrumors newbie


    Nov 9, 2017
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    Did you figure out the problem? My 5s is doing the same.

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