iPhone 5s scan lines with 2014 built phones?

Does your 2014-built phone have the scan lines?

  • Yes

    Votes: 15 40.5%
  • No

    Votes: 22 59.5%

  • Total voters
    37

SirAlex

macrumors member
Original poster
Nov 12, 2013
49
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Hey. I'm planning to buy a 5s soon and read about the issue with many displays having those scan lines, also called "interlacing". So I looked at one of my friend's 5s and it actually really had small lines on the icons.
My question is:
Do phones built in 2014 still have this problem? In some thread someone mentioned, that recently built phones might not have the problem anymore.

EDIT: Here is a video showing how it looks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGdPg1VUEeo
And please also look here http://www.chipmunk.nl/klantenservice/applemodel.html when exactly your phone was built! Thank you!!
 
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Bacong

macrumors 68020
Mar 7, 2009
2,147
362
Westland, Michigan
Nice Name: iPhone 5s (GSM/North America)
Machine Model: iPhone6,1
Family name: A1533
Model Number: ME296
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Space Gray
Production year: 2013
Production week: 52 (December)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 16GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: F1 (China, Zhengzhou - Foxconn)

no interlacing.
 

Macman45

macrumors G5
Jul 29, 2011
13,196
133
Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
Could you look here http://www.chipmunk.nl/klantenservice/applemodel.html when exactly your phone was built? And what does your serial start with?
Yep:
Nice Name: iPhone 5s (UK/Europe)
Machine Model: iPhone6,2
Family name: A1457
Model Number: ME437
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Gold
Production year: 2013
Production week: 39 (October)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 32GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: C3 (China)
 

SirAlex

macrumors member
Original poster
Nov 12, 2013
49
0
Yep:
Nice Name: iPhone 5s (UK/Europe)
Machine Model: iPhone6,2
Family name: A1457
Model Number: ME437
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Gold
Production year: 2013
Production week: 39 (October)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 32GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: C3 (China)
Thank you! Actually I wanted only 2014 bought/built phones but still thank you! The problem is, I know that for example most C3 phones don't have the issue. But I want to know if now in 2014 the others still have the problem :)
 

Macman45

macrumors G5
Jul 29, 2011
13,196
133
Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
Thank you! Actually I wanted only 2014 bought/built phones but still thank you! The problem is, I know that for example most C3 phones don't have the issue. But I want to know if now in 2014 the others still have the problem :)
Mine was ordered on release day...haven't had a single issue with it at all. There may have been a bad batch, but even if you do get one, Apple will swap it out...There aren't any supply issues I'm aware of now, so you should be able to just pick one up in store.
 

SirAlex

macrumors member
Original poster
Nov 12, 2013
49
0
Yes but one is closed and the other is inactive. Also I wanted to focus on how it is in 2014.

Mine was ordered on release day...haven't had a single issue with it at all. There may have been a bad batch, but even if you do get one, Apple will swap it out...There aren't any supply issues I'm aware of now, so you should be able to just pick one up in store.
Hm, well I don't really know, I read that many many people have issues and I don't want to have to replace like 5 times to get a good one :(
 

asdfgbg

macrumors regular
Mar 31, 2013
124
0
Germany
Nice Name: iPhone 5s (UK/Europe)
Machine Model: iPhone6,2
Family name: A1457
Model Number: ME432
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Space Gray
Production year: 2013
Production week: 47 (November)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 16GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: F1 (China, Zhengzhou - Foxconn)
 

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
8,086
2,055
Oregon
I know the OP wants to know about phones built in 2014, but I feel compelled to throw in my two cents.

My 4s doesn't have scan lines.

Nice Name: iPhone 5s
Machine Model: iPhone6,1
Family name: A1533
Model Number: ME311
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Space Gray
Production year: 2013
Production week: 44 (November)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 64GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: F2 (China, Zhengzhou - Foxconn)
 

SirAlex

macrumors member
Original poster
Nov 12, 2013
49
0
Nice Name: iPhone 5s (UK/Europe)
Machine Model: iPhone6,2
Family name: A1457
Model Number: ME432
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Space Gray
Production year: 2013
Production week: 47 (November)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 16GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: F1 (China, Zhengzhou - Foxconn)
Interesting, thank you! Isn't 2014 built tho, so it doesn't mean much for what I'm trying to find out!
I know the OP wants to know about phones built in 2014, but I feel compelled to throw in my two cents.

My 4s doesn't have scan lines.

Nice Name: iPhone 5s
Machine Model: iPhone6,1
Family name: A1533
Model Number: ME311
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Space Gray
Production year: 2013
Production week: 44 (November)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 64GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: F2 (China, Zhengzhou - Foxconn)
Don't worry, even though it's not 2014 built it's still interesting info!
 

ArztMac

macrumors regular
Jul 22, 2011
189
5
I currently have 2 phones sitting right here. Here are the results.



Nice Name: iPhone 5s
Family name:
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Space Gray
Production year: 2013
Production week: 52 (December)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 64GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: F2 (China, Zhengzhou - Foxconn)

RESULT: Massive, hurting my eyes vertical scan lines. Absolutely unusable. Pictures look horrible. Viewing angles from the side display huge color disparity. Horrible screen! Grade F!


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Nice Name: iPhone 5s
Family name:
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Space Gray
Production year: 2014
Production week: 4 (January)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 64GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: DN (China, Chengdu - Foxconn)

RESULT: Noticable scan lines, but not nearly as bad as the phone mentioned above (F2 serial). Actually, this DN serial phone is probably the best ones I've yet seen. Great colors, good viewing angles. Will give this screen a B-.



We've got 2 Apple Stores here in town, I looked at every single phone there is on display, probably around 10-12 phones per store. Every single one has scan lines. I've never seen a perfect screen on the 5s in person.

I've gotten one phone on launch with scan lines, replaced it, got one with scan lines again. Then gave up for a few months and used my older iPhone to hold me over. Now I've returned and still scan lines on each phone...

Still love the speed and functionality though. Will keep it until the 6 comes out, then switch this one out for the new one.
 

MacAPOL

macrumors member
May 11, 2012
62
13
I dont know.
I bought my iphone last month on miami, i swap a total of 5 iphones with that issue, the last one was the same so i just kept it but is a bit annoying. My girlfriend bought one two and it was the same as mine, but she didnt bother. The qc at apple is being the worst no doubt. But maybe my phones werent manufactured in 2014. Hope you get lucky.
 

SirAlex

macrumors member
Original poster
Nov 12, 2013
49
0
I currently have 2 phones sitting right here. Here are the results.



Nice Name: iPhone 5s
Family name:
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Space Gray
Production year: 2013
Production week: 52 (December)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 64GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: F2 (China, Zhengzhou - Foxconn)

RESULT: Massive, hurting my eyes vertical scan lines. Absolutely unusable. Pictures look horrible. Viewing angles from the side display huge color disparity. Horrible screen! Grade F!


-------------------

Nice Name: iPhone 5s
Family name:
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Space Gray
Production year: 2014
Production week: 4 (January)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 64GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: DN (China, Chengdu - Foxconn)

RESULT: Noticable scan lines, but not nearly as bad as the phone mentioned above (F2 serial). Actually, this DN serial phone is probably the best ones I've yet seen. Great colors, good viewing angles. Will give this screen a B-.



We've got 2 Apple Stores here in town, I looked at every single phone there is on display, probably around 10-12 phones per store. Every single one has scan lines. I've never seen a perfect screen on the 5s in person.

I've gotten one phone on launch with scan lines, replaced it, got one with scan lines again. Then gave up for a few months and used my older iPhone to hold me over. Now I've returned and still scan lines on each phone...

Still love the speed and functionality though. Will keep it until the 6 comes out, then switch this one out for the new one.
Hm :/ That doesn't sound too good :( Thank you though!

I bought my iphone last month on miami, i swap a total of 5 iphones with that issue, the last one was the same so i just kept it but is a bit annoying. My girlfriend bought one two and it was the same as mine, but she didnt bother. The qc at apple is being the worst no doubt. But maybe my phones werent manufactured in 2014. Hope you get lucky.
Could you check when they were built? Thank you!!
 

SirAlex

macrumors member
Original poster
Nov 12, 2013
49
0
just buy one and hope for the best, i dont think you can buy a new phone based on serial number, so whats the point.
I actually just want to know if it's still a problem with 2014 built phones?
 

terraphantm

macrumors 68040
Jun 27, 2009
3,678
507
Pennsylvania
Nice Name: iPhone 5s (GSM/North America)
Machine Model: iPhone6,1
Family name: A1533
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Space Gray
Production year: 2013
Production week: 50 (December)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 32GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: F1 (China, Zhengzhou - Foxconn)


Bought it yesterday. Not a 2014 build.. but really, it was only 2 weeks off. Really faint scanlines visible, but barely. I'm typically sensitive to that kind of thing. Not sure what I'm going to do -- I seriously doubt an Apple Genius will see it (not to mention the nearest apple store is 1.5 hours away). I could try returning it to AT&T, but that's a hassle
 

Iounno

macrumors newbie
Feb 21, 2014
17
0
Vancouver, WA
Nope, not that I can see. I bought it last week (got it today, thanks UPS).

Nice Name: iPhone 5s
Family name: A1533
Group1: iPhone
Group2:
Generation:
CPU speed: 1.3GHz
Screen size: 4 inch
Screen resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Colour: Space Gray
Production year: 2013
Production week: 44 (November)
Model introduced: 2013
Capacity: 32GB
Memory - flavour: xx
Factory: DN (China, Chengdu - Foxconn)