iPhone 5S yellow tint?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kh3khalid, Dec 7, 2013.


Does you iPhone 5s have a yellow tinted screen?

  1. Yes

    19 vote(s)
  2. No

    28 vote(s)
  1. kh3khalid macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2012
    Hi all

    I've searched the forum and there were only a couple of threads for the 5S about this issue with few posts.

    I received my replacement unit today (brand new, week 47, F2) and it had the same problem as my previous device, a yellow tint.

    It's really bugging me and the screen is noticeably yellow compared to my MBP and my friends who own an iPhone 5.

    Is this issue on every iPhone 5s? If it's normal for all iPhones 5s devices then I guess I'll have to live with it. I don't want to waste time returning the device again and end up with the same problem.

    Does anyone of you have good screens with perfect white colors?
  2. Shoco, Dec 7, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2013

    Shoco macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2013
    I think what you might be seeing here is just a screen with a warmer color temperature compared to your MBP and your friend's iPhone 5 which have a colder color temperature. The yellow tint is when it's REALLY yellow, generally because of the glue on the screen not having completely dried up yet.

    If you're used to a cold color temperature then when you get a properly calibrated display with a warmer color temperature than you're used to you might think it looks wrong when it's the other way around.

    The upside of a warmer color temperature is that colors such as reds, yellows and greens look much nicer and richer, try to compare with your MBP or your friend's iPhone 5 without focusing on the whites only.

    Content tends to pop more with a warmer color temperature compared to a colder color temperature which tends to make things look more washed out except for blues.

    There are variations between units, so if you're not happy with yours, you could always try your luck for one with a colder display.
  3. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    Ive had iPhones with the baby blue hue and ones with the warmer tint.

    Both are as good as each other.
  4. kh3khalid thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2012
    @Shoco thanks a lot! The best explanation I've ever read about his topic. I guess I'll be keeping it. At least my replacement doesn't have the interlacing issue that my old device had :D
  5. Shoco macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2013
    Oh man I'm so jealous, units without interlacing are so rare, I'm still fishing for one lol xD
  6. kh3khalid thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2012
    Hahahaha I hope you get a perfect device soon :D
  7. xmaseve macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Different suppliers and different lots of production will have some variances between units.
  8. samven582, Dec 7, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013

    samven582 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2009
    My main problem with the iPhone 5s is interlace lines that you see
  9. Amplelink macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2012
    As long as your screen is uniform, I wouldn't worry about it. I've seen screens that are partly yellow and partly not. That would be a serious issue.
  10. kre62 macrumors 68020

    Jul 12, 2010

    Dude, its not glue. Its never been glue. It never will be glue. Stop spreading lies.

    OP if your screen is yellow, take it back. Its disgusting and you deserve a nice clear screen.
  11. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    Ha. Ha. Ha.

    Never ever in the history of mankind has an iPhone display become less yellow over time. This is complete nonsense.

    People ought to be prosecuted for spreading lies such as this one.
  12. SONiC5 macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    The screen on my 5S isn't as yellow as the screen on my 4S. It looks fine to me.
  13. Shoco macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2013
  14. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    Believe what you wish to believe. Yellow displays are yellow, blue displays are blue. They will not change over time.

    I do know where this urban legend originates from though. It's this story. Only small yellow blotches have been known to be caused by glue that needs to dry. Also, look at the photo.

    Warm/yellow screen will never ever change to cool/blue screens. That's an urban legend. Folklore. Anyone stating otherwise is spreading lies. That's the the truth, unless you have scientific evidence that states the opposite.
  15. Scott M macrumors regular

    Scott M

    Nov 25, 2009
    Milton Keynes
    I believe mine has the issue, but it just varies so much. For example, when I compared my 5S display to the iPhone 5 they had displayed in Tesco, the iPhone 5 screen made mine look very yellow, then I compared it to the iPhone 5C that they had displayed next to the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 5C's screen was more yellow than mine. I also compared it to my girlfriend's sister's iPhone 5, and mine had the whiter screen of the two, albeit very, very slightly. Then recently, Tesco replaced the iPhone 5 with the new 5S, and I compared mine to that, and the screens were very, very similar, but mine was the extremely slightly whiter one.

    I know what you mean though. I have a Macbook Pro and when you multi-task between the two devices, it really makes the iPhone 5S's screen look very, very yellow. It's horrible. I find that the yellow-ness is more obvious at night/in artificial lighting.

    I wish my iPhone 5S screen was the same as the screen on the iPhone 5 that I saw in Tesco. It was beautiful. So white.

    Can't wait for the jailbreak, so I can use colour profiles and change the screen colour. At the moment, using my 5S is almost depressing, because of the warm screen colour.
  16. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    Since the 4, this has been an issue. It might have even been before that but I never noticed it.

    My first 5S had a nice white/crisp screen but terrible interlace lines. It was BAD. My second had no line issues but the screen was a muggy yellow (was returned in the stored before it even left because of a hardware issue). Same with the third. I tried to get over it but could not. The yellow causes the colors of the screen to be washed out. Not as crisp or vibrant. I gave in and decided to swap it one more time.

    Glad I did. The screen on my 5S is super bright white/crisp. Like my first one but without the major interlace lines. It's still there but not nearly as noticeable or bad.

    The issue exists. It's not glue and it will not get better with time. It does effect the clarity and crispness of the screen. Anyone that says otherwise, is full of *****, blind or really can't tell.
  17. Scott M macrumors regular

    Scott M

    Nov 25, 2009
    Milton Keynes
  18. kre62 macrumors 68020

    Jul 12, 2010
    Just one clarification, this issue has existed since the iPhone 3G. Every iPhone launch sees the return of this issue. Every year the same jagoffs claim it's glue. Every year they claim the screens are intentionally warmer. Every year they say the colors are more accurate.

    Every year they are wrong.
  19. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    It's not abnormal for the color temp of the displays to vary regardless of the model. They're not so tightly controlled that they're all exactly identical.
  20. Scott M macrumors regular

    Scott M

    Nov 25, 2009
    Milton Keynes
    Wish they were! It's ridiculous that there's so much variety.

    At the very least, they should include the ability to change the colour temperature in the settings somewhere, like Cydia Colour Profiles.
  21. dimitricook macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2013
    Ok, when i first had the iPhone 5s i had a yellow tint screen (when compared to iPhone 5). I called Apple and i was in my 14 day period so i exchanged it. But the day i was going to exchange, after 13 days the tint was less noticable. Now my replacement has exactly the same screen.

    I compared it to some iphone 5 and 5s screens and its not such an issue. The color temprature is only slightly different from others. But it depends on what you are comparing it to, for example my asus notebook has a really white/blue screen, so in dark light conditions the difference is really noticable. When i compare it to other iPhones or a Samsung tn monitor and a Panasonic plasma tv it's really not so noticable. People claming they have perfect white screen may have warmer screens they compare it to.

    At the end, a little warmer screen means better color reproduction and contrast and in my case no interlacing (something i had and hated on my iPhone 5).

    Also i really believe that the tint will change a little bit over time. Don't know if it is the adhesive or just something else but i notice a difference with the day i got it out of the box and now 8 days later. (and i am not the only one, some friend checked it and confirmed it)

    So if you have no dead pixels and no interlacing, but a warmer dispay tone, you can be happy and enjoy your iPhone. You have a superior display imo.
  22. gCloud macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    United Federation of Planets
    I think it's more a case of your eyes adjusting to the colour than the screen tint changing
  23. dimitricook macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2013
    @gCloud, that could be the case but when i compare it to my ultra white/blue asus notebook it's less noticable then before.... :rolleyes:

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