iPhone 6+ with polarized sunglasses = junk

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bigbrowntruck, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. bigbrowntruck macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2009
    Anyone else seen this with polarized sunglasses. I have Oakley biking glasses and thought my screen was broken when I had them on. Found out it only looks like this with the sunglasses on.

    I am not very happy at all about this. Going to Apple store and check demo units. This along with buggy IOS 8 does not make a happy camper right now. Battery life and screen without sunglasses is what I am most impressed with.

    Look at pictures. I took without sunglasses and everything is normal. Then I put sunglasses over camera and this is what I am seeing when wearing my Oakley polarized sunglasses.

    This device is almost $1000. This is unacceptable to me. We'll see if its just my phone or what Apple wants to do about it.

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  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    This is because of the sunglasses. I have some polarized Oakley sunglasses and I can't see my HTC One (M7) very well.
  3. bigbrowntruck thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2009
    Here is one more with glasses covering half the screen.

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  4. bigbrowntruck thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2009
    I can understand not seeing it well, but why is it all bubbly and look like rolling hills. Its like I am seeing the defects or problems on the filter below the screen. iPhone 5 has no problems. :(
  5. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    Does this happen with the sunglasses in any orientation? Because I know polarized sunglasses can make LCD monitors invisible when tilted 90 degrees.
  6. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Similar but less pronounced, weird micro-waves. iPhone 6.
    iPad Air, last generation display, perfectly smooth.

    Using Giro's with Carl Zeiss polarized lens.

    Will try wife's iPhone 5C as soon as she gets in. Curious. Apple had advertised better compatibility with polarized lenses.

    I usually don't wear polarized... so hadn't noticed.
  7. Alimar macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2014
    New York State
    The nature of polarized glass + LCD screens

    Check this out: MacRumors Sept. 2012 forum

    There are a plethora of articles about this:

    Android Forum

    Apple Support Forums
  8. bigbrowntruck thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2009
    Seems to happen at all angles and landscape/portrait. Here is about the best I can get with the iPhone 5. Weird how iPhone 5 is fine. Nothing. Just different tint from sunglasses. Sucks because I wear polarized a lot.

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  9. bigbrowntruck thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2009
    Thanks for the links. I don't mind the tint. It bothers me the screen is all bubbled up and looks like the lcd is canyon. It has valleys and hills when I use my sunglasses. Very annoying. I know the color will be different. I don't mind that. Let me get a picture of any web article. You'll see how annoying it is.
  10. bigbrowntruck thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2009
    Here are some close ups and using safari. If anyone else has some polarized lenses just give it a shot and see what you get. Maybe its just iphone 6+ or maybe 6 too. iPhone 5 seems normal to me. I have iPhone 4 somewhere, but I guess it will probably be ok.

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  11. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
    I have polarized oakleys too. My first 5s and I saw the same weird lines wearing mine. Replaced my phone and no lines when wearing my glasses.

    There are 6+ screens out there without this problem
  12. Big Dawg 23 macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2011
    I have Maui Jim Banyans with Polarized lenses. I have no issues seeing my 6 Plus. At times I had issues with my iPhone 5, but not my 6 Plus.
  13. bigbrowntruck thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2009

    Thanks for checking your 6 plus. I'll go the the store sometime and check the displays. Maybe its just this phone.
  14. Epiphron macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2010
    That looks defective. I can see my screen perfectly with polarized glasses
  15. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Not all polarizing filters are equal. Some are far better than others. The higher the polarizing quality, the more "defects" you'll see on any surface -- which of course are not truly defects but slight shifts in the polarization of the reflected light.
  16. theMaccer macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2006
    That screen looks gross. I would def. take it back
  17. JeremyE macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2012
    With any screen while I am wearing polarized glasses I always take them off, it's just annoying.
  18. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
  19. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    my 6 is still usable with my ray bans that are polarized
  20. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Displays looking like **** is why I stopped buying polarized sunglasses a few years ago. Not only that but they're not as darkly shaded as the non-polarized tints available.

    I don't really see the advantage anyway.
  21. Surf Monkey macrumors 68030

    Surf Monkey

    Oct 3, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Polarized glasses and LCD screens don't get along. This is nothing new and it has exactly nothing to do with iPhones beyond the fact that iPhones have LCD screens. Don't like it? Don't wear polarized sun glasses.


    You can get polarized shades that are just as dark as non polarized ones. Personally I like polarization. Cuts down on glare and makes skies look more blue. But I take them off when I look at an LCD. Because they don't play nice with LCDs or other polarized things.
  22. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2010
    I use my iPhone for my GPS, and noticed the same thing, started looking, and found that pilots are also looking for non-polarized sunglasses. Planning on ordering a pair of these before too long:

  23. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    Ofc they may not get along, but whatever effect they have, it should be uniform, not like that.
  24. jordonez1372 macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2008
    I just checked my wife's iPhone 6 with my polarized black iridium oakleys and it looks normal. I also looked at my S4 and no issues as well.

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